Thursday, November 15, 2007

Soap Box

Ok, I don't like "spam" emails, or fowarded emails or anything like that. So I decided this would be my soap box, for just a moment...
The Lupus foundation is asking everyone to Contact your Senators and Representatives to become cosponsors of the Lupus REACH Amendments -- S. 1359/H.R. 1192 -- before December 14, 2007

So here is what the Lupus Foundation website posted:
The Lupus REACH – Research, Education, Awareness, Communication, and Healthcare – Amendments of 2007 (S. 1359/H.R. 1192), would significantly enhance efforts to understand and treat lupus. This legislation will increase lupus research, support vital lupus epidemiology studies and data collection, and authorize programs to heighten public and professional awareness of lupus. Currently we have 71 cosponsors in the House and 15 in the Senate, but we need many more before Congress wraps up for the year which could be as early as December 14th!

We need this bill because approximately 1.5 to 2 million Americans are affected by lupus -- a serious, complex, debilitating autoimmune disease that can damage virtually any organ system in the body. Lupus affects women nine times more often than men and 80% of newly diagnosed lupus cases are among women of childbearing age. Of particular concern is that lupus is two to three times more common among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans and generally is more prevalent in minority populations -- a health disparity that remains unexplained. Moreover, there have been no new drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration specifically for lupus in more than 40 years.

Please send an email to your elected officials to help get more support for this bill. This link has a pre written email to make it easier for you-


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