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LAUTENBERG--Sen. Frank U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg Dies - A Loss To Lupus Patients Nationwide. The Board of Directors and staff of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and the Lupus Research Institute join the lupus patient and scientific communities across the nation in mourning the death of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Our organizations will remember Senator Lautenberg as a great statesman, a dedicated proponent for public health and a strong advocate for all patients. As just one of his many successful initiatives, the Senator led the drive in Congress to improve professional education so all healthcare providers nationwide have the tools they need to recognize, diagnose and treat the too-often overlooked disease of lupus. The Senator was equally passionate about protecting the country's commitment to advancing biomedical research. As recently as this spring, Senator Lautenberg co-hosted a Senate briefing on lupus to apprise Congress of the imperative need to protect scientific advances and assure strong support to the National Institutes of Health. "On behalf of people with lupus as well as those suffering with any challenging disease, we thank Senator Lautenberg for his years of turning concern into action and compassion into legislation," said Richard DeScherer, President of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation. "The Senator was a powerful proponent for what he believed in, and he passionately believed in our government's responsibility to ensure the safety and good health of the American people. Our hearts go out to the Senator's wife, our beloved Board Member Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, and to his entire family for the loss of a man as devoted to those he loved as to those he served."

Published in The New York Times on June 4, 2013
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