World Sjögren's Day
annually on July 23rd (since 2010)
16 other Sjögren's groups around the world
Today we commemorate Dr. Henrik Sjögren, a Swedish ophthalmologist who was born on today's date in 1899. In 1933, he identified what became known as Sjögren's Syndrome. Sjögren's (pronounced SHOW-grins) Syndrome is an autoimmune inflammatory disease where white blood cells attack moisture-producing glands. Its main symptoms include dry eyes and mouth, fatigue, and joint pain. It may also cause dysfunction in other organs. Although it is a lesser known disease, which is oftentimes misdiagnosed because symptoms vary, about 4 million American suffer from it. There is not yet a cure for it, but serious complications can be prevented, and quality of life can be improved, by early diagnosis and proper treatment. Besides commemorating Dr. Sjögren, the day is for spreading awareness about the disease, and for recognizing advancements that have been made regarding it. The Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation (SSF) and other Sjögren's organizations are behind the celebrations of the day.
How to Observe World Sjögren's Day
Celebrate the day by spreading awareness about Sjögren's Syndrome. The Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation has a fact sheet you can share with others to help you do so. You can also celebrate the day by setting up a donation page to help fundraise for Sjögren's Syndrome research, or you can donate directly to the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation.