Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to inform the House and all Canadians that October has been designated Lupus Awareness Month.
Lupus is a chronic, potentially life threatening disease with a variety of symptoms caused by inflammation and damage in body tissues and organs. It is estimated that lupus affects one in every 2,000 Canadians.
Medical researchers across Canada are involved in finding the causes and a cure for this disease. This provides hope to the people living with lupus every day. Lupus Canada is dedicated to helping individuals with lupus, their families and caregivers by providing access to information, support and education regardless of income, culture or geography.
I ask members to join me in congratulating Lupus Canada and wishing it a successful public awareness campaign for now and the future.