R 242
2017 -- S 0870
Enacted 05/10/2017

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Gallo, Ruggerio, Metts, Lombardi, and Satchell
Date Introduced: May 10, 2017

     WHEREAS, Lupus is a serious and incurable autoimmune disease that can cause life-
threatening damage to any organ in the body; and
     WHEREAS, Lupus is a global health problem that affects millions of young women, men
and children of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, genders and ages worldwide; and
     WHEREAS, Many physicians worldwide are unaware of symptoms and health effects of
Lupus, causing people with Lupus to suffer many years before they obtain a correct diagnosis and
medical treatment; and
     WHEREAS, Medical research efforts into Lupus and the discovery and development of
safer, more effective treatments for Lupus patients are under-funded in comparison with diseases
of similar magnitude and severity; and
     WHEREAS, People with Lupus will face a lifetime of living with the unpredictable and
life-changing health effects of this disease; and
     WHEREAS, There is a deep, unmet need worldwide to educate and support individuals
and families affected by Lupus; and
     WHEREAS, There is an urgent need to increase awareness in communities worldwide of
the devastating impact of Lupus; and
     WHEREAS, World Lupus Day is the day on which Lupus organizations around the globe
call for increases in public and private sector funding for medical research on Lupus, targeted
education programs for health professionals, patients and the public, and worldwide recognition
of Lupus as a significant health issue; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby commemorates "World Lupus Day" in the State of Rhode Island on May 10, 2017; 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 Aida Crosson, Rhode Island Ambassador,
Lupus Foundation of New England.