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Autoimmune Awareness Month

Autoimmune Awareness MonthMarch is Autoimmune Awareness Month! By raising awareness, we can help increase understanding, advance research, and create hope for those living with autoimmune disease. Learn more about autoimmune disease and browse the opportunities below to help us move toward a better tomorrow!

Before you get started, read our blog about the importance of raising awareness.

Facts About Autoimmune Disease

  • An autoimmune disease is a condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks and damages healthy body tissue and cells, rather than protecting the body as it was designed to do. The exact cause of autoimmune diseases is not fully understood, but they are thought to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
  • Approximately 50 million Americans are living with autoimmune disease.
  • There are more than 100 known autoimmune diseases.
  • 80% of people living with autoimmune disease are female.
  • Autoimmune disease tends to cluster in families. If one person in your family has an autoimmune disease, it’s likely that someone else does, too — although they might not have the same disease.
  • On average, it takes 4.5 years and 4 physicians to receive a diagnosis.
  • Autoimmunity is now one of the most common disease categories, ahead of cancer and heart disease.
  • 25% of people living with autoimmune disease have multiple diagnoses, and certain diseases tend to cluster with others.

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DIY Fundraiser

Organize a DIY Fundraiser

Autoimmune Awareness Month is a great time to call on your network to give for the greater good. Do-it-Yourself (DIY) fundraisers are a fantastic way to spread the word within your community and raise essential funds for our cause. You can create an event or a challenge and invite your family, friends, neighbors and more to support you with donations.

Organize a Fundraiser

Social Media Toolkit

Social Media Toolkit

During Autoimmune Awareness Month, you can help us spread awareness! Download our social media toolkit with graphics that you can share on your own social media pages. Raising awareness is critical to advancing research and improving care for people affected by autoimmune disease.

Download the Toolkit

Autoimmune Expressions

Autoimmune Expressions

View our virtual gallery featuring people living with autoimmune disease who express their journey through art. Learn how to submit your own Autoimmune Expression!

View the Gallery

Share your Story

Share Your Autoimmune Story

You have the opportunity to empower others by sharing your story as a patient or caregiver. For many, the reminder that they are not alone in their experiences with autoimmune disease is invaluable. Share your story to make an impact and raise awareness.

Share Your Story

Hope Champions

Become a Hope Champion

When you give $500 or more, you become a Hope Champion — a special person making a difference in the fight against autoimmune disease and providing hope for those who need it the most.

Become a Hope Champion

Contact Your Legislators

Contact Your Legislators

Visit our Advocacy Action Center today and make your voice heard! By sending pre-written, customizable emails to your elected officials, you can play a crucial role in urging them to support important legislation that prioritizes patient-first policies.

Contact Your Legislators


Make a Donation

We know there are common threads that link autoimmune diseases, and you are the common thread that makes progress possible. You can make a one-time gift, give monthly, or learn about other ways to give that include your family, work, or community. No gift is too big or too small. Help us get one step closer to a world without autoimmune disease.

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Help increase Autoimmune Association’s impact

With your support we can continue to drive towards a better tomorrow for autoimmune patients around the world.