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Dem lawmakers announce Sarcoidosis Awareness Month designation

December 13, 2018
Michele Lepore-Hagan News

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced today the designation of April as Sarcoidosis Awareness Month in Ohio. Originally introduced under House Bill (HB) 335 in 2017, Sarcoidosis Awareness Month passed the House today as part of Senate Bill (SB) 86.

“I am proud that we are going to recognize April as Sarcoidosis Month to raise awareness on a disease that disproportionately affects African- Americans and individuals of Irish, German, Scandinavian, and Puerto Rican descent,” said Howse. “The cause is unknown and there is no cure for sarcoidosis, so the more awareness we bring to this terrible disease, the closer we will be to finding a cure.” 

“I am proud to work with Rep. Howse as we raise awareness for sarcoidosis and recognize those who bravely fight this disease,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “I look forward to Ohio’s first Sarcoidosis Awareness Month this spring as we advocate for awareness, support and treatment statewide.”

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but is most prevalent in the lungs and lymph glands. In sarcoidosis, abnormal masses or nodules called granulomas made up of inflamed tissues form in the affected organs and may alter their normal structure and function. Twenty to thirty percent of those afflicted with the disease suffer permanent lung damage.