MAY is LUPUS AWARENESS ACTION MONTH. Walk in one of the many walk-a-thons, or 5K walks or 5K runs, but BECOME INVOLVED. If you walk or run you are involved; or if you donate to the Alliance for Lupus Research, the Lupus Foundation of America, the Lupus Research Institue you’re involved. If you volunteer at your local Lupus Foundation chapter you are involved. It doesn’t take much to put your special talents to good use and make a difference in a very worthy cause.
Don’t let lupus become a forgotten ‘orphan disease’ An orphan disease is one that you can’t see so it so it seems to many that it doesn’t exist; it is often how the ‘story’ goes. An orphan disease needs a standard bearer, someone who can bring it to national attention.
According to the National Institute for Health (NIH). lupus or other autoimmune disease affects some 23 1/2 MILLION Americans: cancer affects 9 million Americans and heart disease affects @ 22 million people, but even though autoimmune diseases affect more people than cancer and heart disease, FUNDING for autoimmune decease lags far behind.
Also, according to the NIH, “NIH research funding for AD [autoimmune diseases] in 2003 came to $591 million. In comparison, cancer funding came to $6.1 billion; and heart and stroke, to $2.4 billion (source: NIH).”
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