Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) yesterday presented Senate Resolution 65, which designates May as “California Lupus Awareness Month." Senate Resolution 65 passed with a 36-0 vote, receiving overwhelming, bipartisan support. The measure seeks to bring greater awareness, understanding and insight to the devastating effects of Lupus.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of various parts of the body including: the skin, joints, heart, and kidneys. At present, Lupus affects 1.5 million Americans, many of whom are women.
"Lupus has affected my office, as my District Director’s wife – Megan – was diagnosed with Lupus in high school," said Moorlach. "Without the support of the Lupus community, Megan, and many of those diagnosed, would have nowhere to turn to as they look to combat this life affecting disease. I want to thank the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, Lupus Foundation of Southern California, and Lupus Los Angeles for all of their dedicated work helping the Lupus community in California."
In attendance for the passing of Senate Resolution 65 were representatives from the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, Lupus Foundation of Southern California, and Lupus Los Angeles.
"Every day, lupus patients confront challenges from chronic, debilitating pain to kidney disease and chemotherapy. What gives these survivors the strength that we are in awe of is the message that they are not alone in the fight. With the message of support from their doctors, their family, their peers and community organizations like the Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC) comes hope that they have Lupus; Lupus doesn't have them. We are thrilled and grateful that Senator Moorlach and his colleagues are adding their voices to that chorus of hope," said Erin C. Badillo, Executive Director, Lupus Foundation of Northern California.
"Working with Senator Moorlach and his staff has been a very valuable experience. I greatly appreciate his efforts to bring together the three leading lupus organizations in California. The collaboration has been both positive and productive and the groups have combined forces to promote lupus awareness and disease prevention to the community through the California State Senate," stated Hollaine Hopkins, Executive Director, Lupus Foundation of Southern California.
"Recognition by State officials of the importance of Lupus awareness and advocacy work, helps to support our Lupus community in their everyday life by validating their experience with this often invisible disease. Addressing the needs of the chronically ill through government funded research programs and through better access to healthcare are important steps in finding a cure to this devastating disease. Lupus LA commends Senator Moorlach and his colleagues in the Senate in their efforts to bring forth awareness and improved care to the Lupus community, " said Toby L. Berkow, Executive Director, LUPUS LA.