California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

House ResolutionNo. 21

Introduced by Assembly Member Burke

April 30, 2015

House Resolution No. 21—Relative to Lupus Awareness Month.

P1    1WHEREAS, Systematic lupus erythematosus, commonly known
2as lupus, is a chronic, complex, and often life-threatening
3autoimmune disease; and

4WHEREAS, Researchers estimate that five million people have
5been diagnosed with lupus or related diseases throughout the world,
6and approximately 100,000 more are diagnosed every year; and

7WHEREAS, Recent studies funded by the federal Centers for
8Disease Control and Prevention indicate that lupus may be twice
9as common as previously believed, afflicting 128.7 out of every
10100,000 women; and

11WHEREAS, Lupus strikes women primarily when they are 15
12to 44 years of age, inclusive, and it affects all aspects of their lives;

14WHEREAS, Lupus disproportionately affects people of color;

16WHEREAS, Lupus impacts more than just the life of the patient;
17it affects the patient’s family, friends, coworkers, employers, and
18community; and

19WHEREAS, Lupus Foundation of Northern California in San
20Jose, Lupus Foundation of Southern California in San Diego, and
21Lupus LA in Los Angeles were founded as 501(c)(3) nonprofit
22organizations to alleviate suffering for lupus patients through
23patient and family services, achieve early detection of undiagnosed
P2    1cases through awareness promotion, and achieve the eradication
2of lupus by supporting lupus research; and

3WHEREAS, Early diagnosis and proper treatments are critical
4to the improvement of the quality of life and survival rate of lupus
5sufferers; and

6WHEREAS, Increased public awareness, education, and research
7are key to winning the battle against lupus; now, therefore, be it

8Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the
9Assembly designates the month of May 2015 as Lupus Awareness
10Month and extends heartfelt wishes to the Lupus Foundation of
11Northern California in San Jose, the Lupus Foundation of Southern
12California in San Diego, and Lupus LA in Los Angeles for success
13in their core objectives in the future; and be it further

14Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
15of this resolution to Lupus LA in Los Angeles, the Lupus
16Foundation of Northern California in San Jose, the Lupus
17Foundation of Southern California in San Diego, and to the author
18for appropriate distribution.