ALBANY, NY, May 13, 2015 – As members of the Lupus Agencies of New York State, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and Lupus Research Institute are at the State Capitol for the Annual Lupus Awareness Day to call public attention to lupus—a debilitating disease that affects an estimated 105,400 New Yorkers, 1.5 million Americans, and 5 million people worldwide.
The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed resolutions memorializing Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim May as Lupus Awareness Month in NYS. The legislature joins the Lupus Agencies of New York State in their efforts to increase public awareness of lupus symptoms and health effects, and to increase support for lupus education and research programs.
“Lupus is a common illness, and yet most people do not know much about the disease. That is why I support this resolution, and also have sponsored a package of three bills in the State Assembly that would boost public education and outreach, and encourage more research into lupus. Many people who are suffering from lupus are not aware that they have it, and I am pleased to partner with the Lupus Agencies of New York State to help get more information out about lupus, so that those affected can seek proper treatment,” said Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica.
“The millions of people worldwide who suffer every day from this crippling autoimmune disease deserve the hope that one day will bring long-awaited relief from their debilitating pain,” State Senator Joseph Griffo said. “But the goal of more effectively treating and ultimately curing lupus can only come with more public awareness, more funding support and more medical research, so I am proud to further that effort today by recognizing May as Lupus Awareness Month. My aunt was among those who died from this disease, and it is in her memory that I recognize all of the commendable work the Lupus Agencies of New York State continue to do.”
The Lupus Agencies of New York State are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with lupus and their loved ones by providing education, support and outreach services, and promoting programs of awareness, advocacy, and research.
Spokesperson for the Lupus Agencies of New York State Kathleen A. Arntsen stated, “We applaud Senator Joseph Griffo as the Prime Senate Sponsor of the Lupus Resolution and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi as the Prime Assembly Sponsor of the Lupus Resolution and all of our legislative champions who passed this important resolution for the Sixth Annual Lupus Awareness Month in New York State. We are excited that this devastating disease is finally getting the recognition it deserves.”
The Annual Lupus Awareness Day aims to help educate New York State’s elected policymakers, state agency officials, health care professionals, and the general public about the disease lupus and the need for research program support to develop better diagnostic tests and safer, more effective treatments; and ultimately, discover the cure to eradicate this devastating disease.