R 272
2015 -- S 0912
Enacted 05/14/2015

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Pichardo, Metts, Archambault, Morgan, and Algiere
Date Introduced: May 14, 2015

     WHEREAS, Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to
attack normal tissue, resulting in inflammation in various parts of the body, particularly the skin,
joints, blood system, and kidneys. It develops most commonly in women between the ages of 15
and 45; and
     WHEREAS, Every day roughly 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people
worldwide, struggle with the debilitating health consequences of lupus, a condition during which
the immune system is compromised to the extent that it is unable to distinguish the body's own
cells and tissues from foreign invaders; and
     WHEREAS, World Lupus Day was first celebrated in the United States in 2004, with the
issuance of the first World Lupus Day Proclamation, which identified this historic day and was
aimed at raising awareness of the plight and the treatment requirements of millions of people;
now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims May 15th of 2015 to be "Lupus Day" in our state and joins advocates from
around the globe in calling for greater awareness of lupus and its consequences; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby urges and supports enhanced charitable donations
to the Lupus Foundation of America and all organizations engaged in lupus research and patient
services, and in this noble enterprise on behalf of all who are affected by lupus; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the LUPUS Foundation of America,
Connecticut Chapter, Inc.