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File #: 190393    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/9/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/9/2019
Title: Designating May 10, 2019, as World Lupus Day, on which lupus organizations around the world call for an increase in public- and private-sector funding for medical research on lupus; education programs for health professionals, patients, and the public; and worldwide recognition of lupus as a significant public health issue.
Sponsors: Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19039300
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Designating May 10, 2019, as World Lupus Day, on which lupus organizations around the world call for an increase in public- and private-sector funding for medical research on lupus; education programs for health professionals, patients, and the public; and worldwide recognition of lupus as a significant public health issue.
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WHEREAS, Each year, the Lupus Foundation of America designates May as National Lupus Awareness Month to show support for the estimated 1.5 million Americans who have lupus; and
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 are unaware of the 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, Medical research efforts focused on 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 to educate and support individuals and families affected by lupus; and
WHEREAS, There is an urgent need to increase awareness in our community and communities worldwide of the devastating impact of lupus; and
WHEREAS, Citizens are urged to observe this month and this day by educating themselves on the symptoms and impact of lupus, and to join with the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter in supporting programs of research, education, and community service; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That it hereby designa...

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