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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Senate Resolution

     By Senators Lyons and Snelling,

     S.R. 14.  Senate resolution urging Vermonters to learn more about lupus.

Whereas, lupus is often referred to as “the disease that fools,” due to the patient’s unawareness of the disease’s presence for extended periods of time, and

Whereas, lupus fools clinicians who may confuse the disease with other disorders, and

Whereas, lupus fools most persons because those afflicted with the disease give the appearance of being healthy, and

Whereas, more persons in the United States are afflicted with lupus than AIDS, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis combined, and

Whereas, lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys, and

Whereas, while the exact cause of lupus is still not specifically identified, scientists have determined that certain persons are genetically predisposed to the disease, and that environmental conditions, such as ultraviolet light and other factors including infections, selected antibiotics and manufactured drugs, and extreme stress can trigger this stealthy affliction, and

Whereas, while lupus can occur in males or females of any age; adult females are 10 to 15 times more susceptible to becoming victims of the disease, and

Whereas, persons of African-American, Asian-American, and Native‑American ethnicity are more susceptible for reasons that continue to baffle medical science, and

Whereas, lupus does not inhibit an individual from having a successful working career, and employers need to be educated concerning the reasonable accommodations persons with lupus may require in order to maximize their productivity as employees, and

Whereas, the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), a predominantly volunteer and grass roots organization, was established in 1977 to provide supportive services to the victims of lupus, to fund medical research into the disease’s causes and possible treatments, and to educate the public concerning the realities of lupus, and

Whereas, reflecting on lupus’s reputation as “the disease that fools,” the LFA is observing April 1, April Fools’ Day, as “Lupus Awareness Day,” a special opportunity to educate the public about this often unknown and misunderstood disease, and

Whereas, volunteers in Vermont will be actively participating in this special LFA national campaign, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate of the State of Vermont, in recognition of Lupus Awareness Day, which was April 1, 2007, urges all Vermonters to learn more about the realities of lupus, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America in Waterbury.


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