Today, March 20, 2018 Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus joins LRA in educating our legislators on the need for lupus research funding.
On March 20th the Lupus Research Alliance, Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus and nearly 100 lupus advocates joined together to raise awareness on the hill to tell legislators why we needed federal support for lupus research. Through this effort, the Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018 was passed that includes key components the Lupus Research Alliance, Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus and other lupus advocates have worked for throughout the year.
Our requests were clear: provide an additional $3 billion for biomedical research funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as $5 million to continue the Lupus Research Program at the Department of Defense (DoD) first established in 2017. Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus is particularly proud of the development and increased funding of the LRP, which we have been working with since the initial Stakeholder’s Meeting last August.
Thank you to 100 lupus advocate volunteers, the Lupus Research Alliance, the Congressional Lupus Caucus, the House Appropriations Chairman and Defense Subcommittee Chair for all the support!