News From Harlingen, Texas
City Commission Observes May as World Lupus Month
05/10/2019

HARLINGEN, Texas– Lupus Month is observed annually every May to raise awareness about this autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide.

 

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body.  It’s challenging to treat because it’s difficult to diagnose.  Normally, the body produces antibodies that destroy unhealthy cells.  However, lupus instead produces auto antibodies that attack healthy body tissue.

 

There are several types of lupus with systemic lupus being the most common. Other types include Cutaneous Lupus which affects the skin causing sores and rashes and drug induced lupus caused by some types of prescription drugs.

 

Locally, The Lupus Foundation of America– Gulf Coast Chapter founded in 1984 is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through research, education, and advocacy. During the City Commission Meeting of May 2, 2019, Mayor Chris Boswell presented some of the members with a proclamation and proclaimed May 10, as World Lupus Day in Harlingen and May 18 as put on Purple Day.

 

The proclamation reads in part “Whereas, the City of Harlingen salutes and commends the Lupus Foundation of America–Texas Gulf Coast Chapter for its commitment to educate and spread awareness in Harlingen about lupus and extends best wishes for a successful observance of Lupus Awareness Month.”

 

                                                  

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