R 262
2019 -- H 6058
Enacted 05/02/2019

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Diaz, Serpa, Caldwell, Ackerman, and Fellela
Date Introduced: May 02, 2019

     WHEREAS, World Lupus Day began 11 years ago when an international steering
committee representing Lupus organizations from 13 different nations met in Eaton, United
Kingdom, and issued a proclamation and organized the first observance of World Lupus Day. The
proclamation was a demand for action asking for governments across the globe to increase their
funding in support of Lupus research, public awareness, and patient services; and
     WHEREAS, Lupus is a devastating and debilitating chronic disease that afflicts more
than 5 million people worldwide, men and women, all races, ages, and nationalities. Lupus is
incurable and can cause life-threatening damage to any part of the body including all organs,
joints, and skin; and
     WHEREAS, Lupus damages the immune system, which is the part of the human body
that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. Under normal circumstances, our immune system
produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from "invaders". Becoming autoimmune
due to Lupus means that one's immune system cannot tell the difference between "foreign
invaders" like the flu, and your body's healthy tissues, thereby creating autoantibodies that attack
and destroy healthy tissue, causing inflammation, intense pain, and damage to various parts of the
body; and
     WHEREAS, Many physicians worldwide are unaware of the symptoms and 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 a day during 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 House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby commemorates "World Lupus Day" in the State of Rhode Island
on May 10, 2019; 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.