Westmoreland Joins Congressional Lupus Caucus
By Lauren Johnson
October 19, 2012
I am proud to announce Congressman Westmoreland’s membership to the Congressional Lupus Caucus. As a member of the caucus, Westmoreland will work in partnership with the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) and his bipartisan colleagues to educate Members of Congress on lupus. The caucus focuses specifically on the effects the disease has on Americans, as well as supporting research advancements and increasing awareness.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. This is a result of the immune system not being able to tell the difference between foreign substances, such as bacteria and viruses and the body’s healthy tissues. In response to the foreign substances, the immune system creates antibodies that attack and destroy the healthy tissue.
Unfortunately, the cause of lupus is unknown and there is no cure for the 1.5 million Americans suffering. However, scientists have linked specific hormones, genetics and environmental factors, which helps explain why women and minorities are most commonly affected.
The LFA is the largest national nonprofit that focuses on helping those with lupus while searching for a cure. With chapters in almost every state, I encourage you to visit their webpage to learn more about lupus, as many cases go undetected. You can also contact your local Georgia Chapter to learn more about the various ways to get involved, whether it’s through community outreach, walking for lupus, or forming a support group. Whatever you may choose, there are countless ways you can help those suffering from lupus, right in the state of Georgia.
Lauren Johnson is an intern in Congressman Westmoreland's office.