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Date:3/10/2008

The Alliance for Lupus Research hosts 3rd Advocacy Day

WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, March 4th, advocates for the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), on behalf of the 1.4 million Americans with lupus, described their personal experiences with the disease to their Members of Congress. ALR Advocates visited nearly 100 Congressional offices, representing 21 states, and asked their Members to support lupus research funding through the Department of Defense's (DoD) peer reviewed medical programs.

The previous evening, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, pledged his support for the ALR and their advocates' work to find a cure for the disease at the ALR's 2008 Working Together for a Cure National Awards Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Nearly 300 attendees watched as ALR's Chairman, Robert Wood Johnson, IV, and ALR's President, Barbara Boyts, presented the Congressman with ALR's Public Achievement Award, in celebration of his dedication to eliminating health disparities in our nation.

"I am honored to commit to support the work of the ALR and join the quest for a cure for lupus, a devastating autoimmune disease that largely affects women and minorities -- a disproportionate number of my constituency and a growing number of military personnel and veterans and their family members," says the Congressman.

Lupus causes unpredictable symptoms ranging from fatigue and joint pain to severe organ damage and, too often, can be fatal. Nine out of 10 people who have lupus are women, and the death rate for women is five times the rate of men with lupus. African-American women are three times more likely to have lupus than Caucasian women, and three times more likely to die. Women of Asian, Hispanic and Pacific Islander descent are also more likely to be affected.

"What's worse," continues the Congressman, "the woman most likel
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