Kearny, NJ – On Saturday, April 30, 2022, Mayor Alberto G. Santos and Councilmembers Albino Cardoso, Marytrine De Castro and Peter Santana joined Elizabeth SantaCruz and her daughter Miah Andrade, Caring for Lupus, TV Anchor Brenda Blackmon and the Kearny Eagles to officially kickoff May as Lupus Awareness Month with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Town Hall.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease of the immune system, one in which the system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake. The chronic inflammatory disease can affect various parts of the body, especially skin, joints, blood and kidneys. Women get it more often than men and it is more common in African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women. Its cause is unknown and while it can be fatal, those with Lupus can expect to live a normal lifespan. To learn more about Lupus or get involved, visit lupusresearch.org or kellyfundforlupus.org.
Mayor Alberto G. Santos issued a Proclamation designating May as Lupus Awareness Month in the Town of Kearny to raise awareness about Lupus and the needs for research funding, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatments that will lead to a cure for this devastating illness that affects so many people.
(Photos by Barbara Goldberg)