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Miami Dade College to Illuminate Freedom Tower Purple in Support of Lupus Awareness Month May 16

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Miami, May 8, 2014 - Miami Dade College(MDC) will illuminate its National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower purple on Friday, May 16, for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Put on Purple (POP) initiative to raise awareness and show support for those living with the disease. The Freedom Tower will be illuminated at sunset.

MDC joins a growing number of individuals, communities, corporations, institutions, and celebrities showing support. Florida has had the most buildings and fountains lit purple for Lupus Awareness Month for the last three years, according to the Florida Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America.     

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. An estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least 5 million people worldwide have lupus. To learn more, visit   

Miami Dade College to Light Freedom Tower Purple for Lupus Awareness Month

  • WHEN: Friday, May 16, 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • WHERE: MDC Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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