May 2017: Lupus Awareness Month

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 worldwide are unaware of 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 into 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, during this month and on this day, we join with individuals, families, support groups and organizations to raise awareness of lupus in Michigan. We encourage all citizens to learn more about this disease and to support the many individuals and groups that provide lupus advocacy, research and support services;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as Lupus Awareness Month in Michigan.