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Douglas County, GA - The Douglas County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a proclamation recognizing May as Lupus Awareness Month at its Tuesday legislative voting meeting. Lupus Awareness Month will promote public awareness of Lupus, an acute and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease, and bring more attention to the Lupus Foundation of America.
Mrs. Gloria Robinson, mother of Vice Chair and District 2 Commissioner Kelly Robinson, read the proclamation that states at least 1.5 million Americans, including approximately 55,000 Georgians, live with Lupus; the disease affects many African American women in particular. Mrs. Robinson publicly shared that she lives with Lupus. Lupus is a health issue that significantly impacts the state's economy and takes an immeasurable physical, financial, and emotional toll on many families in Georgia.
“Listening to my mother read the proclamation, though I cannot see her per my blindness, reminds me no matter how tough this chronic disease is, she has endured,” Commissioner Robinson commented. “My mother inspires me as she lives with Lupus, and I inspire her as I live with glaucoma. We help each other. It’s important to note that at the end of the day, family does matter.”
Ninety percent of every dollar raised by the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America stays in Georgia to support the chapter's programs. It provides resources for thousands of patients and families, including support and information, physician referrals, public and professional education, and grassroots advocacy on the state and federal levels.