The Lupus Foundation of Grenada hosted its second Butterfly Gala at St. George’s University’s Taylor Hall on July 9th. This event was held under the patronage of their Excellencies, Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean and Lady Glean, with the theme, ’Celebrate Life’. The Lupus Foundation was launched in Grenada in October 2008 with the main objective to raise awareness of lupus in Grenada by educating about its symptoms and health effects.
President of the Lupus Foundation, Hazel Bierzynski explained that “The Butterfly is the symbol of lupus primarily because of the rash that appears across the bridge of the nose and the cheeks of some lupus patients. It is often one of the first signs for diagnosing lupus. The Butterfly is also a symbol of transformation, love and joy and represents hope for persons living with the disease.”
Proceeds from the gala will be used to conduct a Train the Trainer Workshop for a Chronic Diseases Self Management Programme in October this year. Since its inception the Foundation has held a one-day forum on Living Well with Chronic Illnesses in addition to its monthly meetings, which features a special presentation on a topic of interest to persons living with chronic illness.
St. George’s University is committed to its support of the Grenada Lupus Foundation and applauds it effort to raise awareness and improve the quality of life of persons living with lupus and other chronic illness.