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Lupus REACH Amendments of 2007 (H.R. 1192/S. 1359)

The Honorable Representatives

 Dear RepresentativeAs your constituent and as someone concerned by lupus, I am writing to respectfullyrequest that you cosponsor H.R. 1192, the Lupus Research, Education, Awareness,Communication, and Healthcare (REACH) Amendments of 2007 introduced by Representative Kendrick Meek. H.R. 1192 will strengthen the nation’s research efforts toidentify the causes and cure of lupus, improve lupus data collection and epidemiology,and enhance public and health professional awareness and understanding of lupus – oneof the nation’s most devastating, yet least understood and least known autoimmunediseases.Lupus is a widespread, chronic, and life-threatening autoimmune disease that can damagevirtually any organ system in the body. Approximately 1.5 million Americans have lupusand, of particular concern, is the unexplained prevalence of lupus among women and minority populations—the disease affects nine times more women than men, and it is twoto three times more common among African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and NativeAmericans. Unbelievably, there has been no new drug approved by the FDA to treatlupus in more than 40 years.H.R. 1192 will help our nation to make significant strides toward bridging the gaps inlupus research, education, and awareness. Through the comprehensive approachpromoted by the Lupus REACH Amendments, health professionals and researchers will be able to significantly enhance the lives of those affected by this disease.Lupus is a disease that can be disabling and necessitates a coordinated national responseto ensure that we are doing everything we can to identify the causes, improve the care,and find a cure. Please join this bipartisan effort and cosponsor H.R. 1192.To become a cosponsor of the Lupus REACH Amendments, please have your staff contact Robert Miller in Representative Meek’s office at 202-225-4506. Please let me know ifyou will cosponsor this important legislation. Thank you for your consideration of myrequest.Sincerely,

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