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Legislation #: 060501 Introduction Date: 5/4/2006
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Title: Designating May 10, 2006 as World Lupus Day.

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5/3/2006 Filed by the Clerk's office
5/4/2006 Adopted

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Designating May 10, 2006 as World Lupus Day.


WHEREAS, lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes tissue and organ damage to any organ in the body and, in some cases, death; and


WHEREAS, more than five million people worldwide suffer the devastating effects of this disease and each year over a hundred thousand women, men and children are newly diagnosed with lupus, the great majority of whom are women of childbearing age; and


WHEREAS, medical research efforts into lupus and the discovery of safer, more effective treatments for lupus patients are under-funded in comparison with diseases of comparable magnitude and severity; and


WHEREAS, many physicians worldwide are unaware of symptoms and health effects of lupus, causing people with lupus to suffer for many years before they obtain a correct diagnosis and medical treatment; 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 debilitating impact of lupus; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the Mayor and Council hereby designate May 10, 2006, as World Lupus Day; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Arletha Manlove, Maria North Morgan, Debra Davis, Inell Hunter, Mary Bland, Mary Larsen, Janice Glinsmann, Al Cohn, Ardene Hawks, Darryl Moore and Rob Dyer with the lupus organizations around the globe calling 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 public health issue.