Systemic lupus sufferers have been suffering in silence long enough. There are more patients with Lupus than Diabetes, MS and Leukemia combined. But, we do not get the same coverage in the media as we should and need to help boost public awareness of this life threatening disease. The government needs to give more money towards Lupus research as well as funds to help get the word out about Lupus. The more people know, the more they can help. Please sign this petition to ask the government to give more support to Lupus. 90% of Lupus sufferers are women and like breast cancer it is about time the government give more support to illnesses that afflict women. Now is the time to speak up and let them know that it is time to look Lupus in the eye and defeat it. Many children, like my daughter suffer from this disease, and many must endure years of steroid medications, chemotherapy, and and a host of other medicines. Many like my daughter, lose their hair, have stunted growth, delayed puberty, seizures, and severe fatigue and arthritis. Should children have to live like this I dont think so, and I hope you will sign this petition and agree that the government needs to do more to fight Lupus and other auto immune diseases. Women and children in this counrty deserve the best, and they deserve the attention of our senators and congressman. Please visit the Lupus Alliance of Americas website to learn more about lupus, and how you can help. Thank you.