This year, for World Lupus Day, we’re partnering with Lupus UK to spread awareness and reach out to a global community! 

This year on May 10, 2018, we want to raise awareness of this disease. By not being aware of lupus people are more likely to experience a delay in getting a diagnosis. A delay in diagnosis can have life threatening results. 

Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus and Lupus UK would like you to help with this awareness campaign. Please share your experiences of the first time you heard about lupus by completing the following:
– Share a high resolution photo or image
– Tell us your story
– Share using the hashtags #WorldLupusDay and #LupusAwareness

Please share your story with us at so we can raise awareness by sharing it with our supporters through our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram ). 


The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes by Dennis Cunningham

 The inspiration for this work of art, has a connection with both the name, “Kaleidoscope,” and the disease, lupus.  In 1967, when John Lennon was working on The Beatle’s album, “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart’s Club Band,” his son, Julian, 4 years old at the time, drew a picture of his friend and classmate, Lucy O’Donnell (later Lucy Vodden) and called the drawing, “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.”  John took this inspiration for the song, added the phrase, the girl with kaleidoscope eyes, and the rest is history.  Later, Lucy O’Donnell was diagnosed with lupus and died from the disease in 2009.  We hope to honor her memory as we raise awareness for the disease that took her life.

Dennis Cunningham was commissioned to create this work of art for Lupus Awareness Month by Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus.

Dennis is an acclaimed artist from Portland, Oregon USA. His graphic mediums of choice, for three decades, have been block-print and pastel. He has been a strong advocate for the arts and for those living with lupus.


Windows at The Nines Hotel

The Nine’s Hotel has graciously gifted Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus with its street level window for the full month of May. This high-visibility, downtown Portland exposure gives us the opportunity to raise the much needed awareness for lupus and those living with it.  You can enjoy the window, artwork, and valuable information beginning May 1 – 31, 2018 at The Nine’s Hotel, 525 SW Morrison St. Portland, Oregon 97204.


Light It Up Purple 

Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, Lupus Research Alliance and Sisters Against Lupus invite you to join us in Seattle, at Pier 57, for our annual Light IT Up Purple rally. It is an evening of raising awareness, community building and fun. 


Lighting of the Morrison Bridge

Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus has worked in partnership with the Willamette Light Brigade to bring awareness to those living with lupus. The Morrison Bridge in Portland, Oregon will shimmer in radiant teal and purple to reflect Lupus Awareness Month in May and World Lupus Day on May 10th. Teal is the official color of Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, and the bridge lighting honors those living with lupus.


Wine With Us

Join us for an evening exploring Oregon-only, small-barrel wines with expert guides, hosted by the Staff and Board of Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus! Seating is limited. Contact us at to RSVP.


Riders For A Cure

Join the Riders For A Cure crew for a 100+ mile ride to raise money in support of Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus. They’ll be riding out, rain or shine, on Saturday, May 12 at 9:30am. Meet at the Arco on highway 308 and Viking, and get excited for a new route this year!


Going Viral

It’s that time of the year ladies and gents! The 2nd annual Lupus Awareness Stream Week is here! 7 days of giveaways as we raise awareness for a good cause!  This year’s theme is Resident Evil, so be ready for a week of games like RE0, The Forest, 7 Days to Die, Dying Light, and MORE!!!!   All Proceeds to Benefit Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus. Last year we raised $1400, the goal this year is $2500.

May 14 – 20, 7pm to 10 pm at 

Janice_says will be streaming as well, keep an eye out for her stream schedule!

Send a PM, or email Mo Tomoko at


 Burn Cycle + The Lab



All Month Long

Be sure to check back on all of the Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus social media platforms for new memes and hashtags to bring increased awareness to lupus during the month of May. Share it! Like It! Retweet it! Help us to spread the word about lupus and to ensure that no one has to face this disease alone.