Lupus Foundation of OntarioAt the February 26th, 2014 Regular Meeting, Council passed Resolution #14-06-16, as follows:

“WHEREAS lupus is an autoimmune disease that can cause severe damage to the tissue and organs in the body and, in some cases, death;
AND WHEREAS more than five million people worldwide suffer the devastating effects of this disease and each year over a hundred thousand young women, men and children are newly diagnosed with lupus, the great majority of whom are women of childbearing age;
AND WHEREAS medical research efforts into lupus and the discovery of safer, more effective treatments for lupus patients are under-funded in comparison with diseases of comparable magnitude and severity;
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 there is a deep, unmet need worldwide to educate and support individuals and families affected by lupus;
AND WHEREAS there is an urgent need to increase awareness in communities worldwide of the debilitating impact of lupus;
World Lupus DayNOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Huron Shores supports the Lupus Foundation of Ontario by hereby designating May 10th, 2014 as World Lupus Day and October 2014 as “October is Lupus Awareness Month” during which lupus organizations around the globe call for increases in public and private sector funding for medical research on lupus, targeted education programs for health professionals, patients and the public and worldwide recognition of lupus as a significant public health issue;
AND THAT staff be directed to post this information on the municipal website.”

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