Every July 23rd, the Sjögren's Foundation joins with other Sjögren's organizations around the world to celebrate World Sjögren's Day on Dr. Henrik Sjögren's birthday.
Dr. Henrik Sjögren's was a Swedish ophthalmologist who first identified the disease in 1933. Today, his birthday is celebrated as World Sjögren's Day to help raise awareness for this disease.
In 1929 Dr. Sjögren met a patient who complained of dry eye, dry mouth and joint pain. While each of these symptoms were already well known, it was the combination of them that Dr. Sjögren noticed and decided to investigate.
Dr. Sjögren could have been just an ophthalmologist who happened to meet a patient with dry eye, but his open mind led him to the discovery of an unknown clinical entity. His work not only paved the way for current researchers in the field but has also helped all patients living with this complex disease.
It is a day meant to put a face on the millions of people who live with this disease or suffer from symptoms and have yet to be diagnosed. It gives everyone touched by Sjögren's a vehicle to reach out and educate those close to them - family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. - about the disease. It is the ideal opportunity for you to have your voice heard and to spread awareness about this life-altering disease.
Leading up to World Sjögren's Day and especially on the day itself, talk about Sjögren’s with the people in your life. Share your story and educate others! By doing so, you are helping spread the message that Sjögren's is a serious disease that deserves to be recognized. You may also be helping someone who is looking for answers to their own questions.
Sjögren's Fact Sheet
We also encourage you to make a donation today to help further Sjögren's research and awareness.
You can donate in honor of Dr. Sjögren, yourself, a loved one, or in honor of the nearly 4 million Americans who fight this disease each day.
You can also create your own personalized fundraising page to share with your family and friends and encourage them to make a donation.
We are incredibly grateful for patients, family, and friends of the Sjögren's Foundation that are willing to help raise much-needed funds in conjunction with World Sjögren's Day. Each and every donation makes an impact as we work to conquer Sjögren's.