2009 -- S 1067

Enacted 10/29/09



S E N A T E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Senators Pichardo, Connors, DiPalma, Lanzi, and Jabour

     Date Introduced: October 29, 2009



     0/WHEREAS, One and a half million Americans struggle with Lupus each and every day

of their lives; and

     WHEREAS, Lupus is an acute and chronic autoimmune disease that causes the immune

system to become unbalanced and attack normal tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue

damage to virtually every organ system in the body; and

     WHEREAS, Lupus can affect any part of the body, including the skin, joints, lungs,

heart, blood system, kidneys, and brain. No organ is spared. The disease can cause seizures,

strokes, heart attacks, miscarriages, and organ failure; and

     WHEREAS, While Lupus develops most commonly in women between the ages of 15

and 45 years, no one is safe from Lupus. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, and

Native Americans are two to three times more likely to develop Lupus, and women are 10 times

more likely than men to be affected by Lupus--disparities that remain unexplained; and

     WHEREAS, Lupus can be particularly difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic

those of many other diseases, and major gaps exist in our understanding of the causes and

consequences of Lupus. More than half of all people with Lupus take four or more years and visit

three or more doctors before obtaining an accurate diagnosis; and

     WHEREAS, The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved no new

drugs specifically for Lupus in fifty years, and current treatments for the disease can have

damaging side effects. Increased education and support can alert the public to the challenges that

Lupus brings into so many lives and promote programs of research, education, and community

service within our state; now, therefore it be

     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

hereby proclaims the month of October, 2009 to be “Lupus Awareness Month” in the State of

Rhode Island. We furthermore urge all citizens to join with local Lupus support groups and

observe this month by educating themselves on the symptoms and impact of Lupus; and be it


     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Rhode Island Lupus Group, and the Lupus

Foundation of America, Inc.