New York City Council Proclaims May Lupus Awareness Month
Today, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation was honored to receive a Proclamation from the New York City Council urging New Yorkers to observe the month of May as Lupus Awareness Month.
Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo presented the framed Proclamation in a special ceremony during the May 22 Council meeting at City Hall. “My daughter discovered she has lupus during her third pregnancy, so I know personally how difficult this disease can be,” noted Councilwoman Arroyo. “Lupus is frequently misdiagnosed but affects thousands of New Yorkers, so the work of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is very important.”
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn also recognized the Foundation’s success in raising awareness of lupus and personally thanked our Founder and co-Vice President Susan Golick for starting the organization.
“When I was diagnosed as a young woman in the 1970’s, no one knew much about lupus and we could not even pronounce the formal name of the disease – systemic lupus erythematosus,” explained Susan. “With few places to turn for help, my family formed the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation to provide resources and support to all those affected by lupus.”
Susan went on to express special thanks to Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Councilman Joel Rivera and Councilwoman Annabel Palma as particularly committed champions for the lupus community.
Several people from the audience approached Susan to express appreciation for her work and her courage in coping with such a difficult disease. Each knows someone with lupus.
But public awareness of the disease is still low. In accordance with the City Council Proclamation issued today, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is pounding the pavement throughout May to educate New Yorkers about lupus.
“We will not stop until every person you might stop on the street can answer the question ‘What is Lupus,’ Susan pledged.