National Coalition in DC to Speak for People with Lupus on Capitol Hill

Your Voice for Lupus Research—Coast to Coast

The LRI National Coalition spread across Capitol Hill in early March to speak with 125+ members of the House and Senate.

Their message, delivered for you:

  • Be aware of lupus and the damage it can inflict on young women in particular
  • Vote for increased funding for research on the causes and potential treatments for lupus
  • Encourage implementation of the 5-year Trans-Institute plan for lupus research at the National Institutes of Health
  • Recognize and help us do something about the notably high number of black, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian Americans who develop lupus.

Members of the LRI National Coalition’s California constituency met with U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (top) and Dianne Feinstein (bottom).

Members of the LRI National Coalition’s California constituency met with U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (top) and Dianne Feinstein (bottom).

Members of the LRI National Coalition’s California constituency met with U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (top) and Dianne Feinstein (bottom).

Lupus Leaders Working Together for You

National Coalition leaders also took the time to gather together to strategize on best practices for reinforcing local and web communities and finding powerful ways to sound the need for lupus research on Capitol Hill.

Lupus Alliance of America, Long Island/Queens President JoAnn Quinn (L) with Patient Outreach Coordinator Silvia Heredia of Long Island, NY (R)

Lupus Alliance of America, Long Island/Queens President JoAnn Quinn (L) with Patient Outreach Coordinator Silvia Heredia of Long Island, NY (R)

 

Lupus Foundation of Colorado board members Anita Fricklas (L) and Regan Mizuno of Denver (R)

Lupus Foundation of Colorado board members Anita Fricklas (L) and Regan Mizuno of Denver (R)