Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today on behalf of
Americans affected by Sarcoidosis and other related inflammatory
diseases to observe April as National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.
Sarcoidosis can affect any part of the body and cause serious
disabilities by forcing one's vital organs and central nervous system
to become hyperactive. While this rare and devastating disease annually
affects over 200,000 people throughout all demographics, there are
significant racial, gender, and age-related differences, as it
disproportionately impacts African-Americans, women, and individuals
between the ages of 20 and 40.
Although research suggests the cause of Sarcoidosis is a combination
of genetic and environmental factors, the exact cause and progression
of the disease are still unknown. The unique nature of Sarcoidosis
makes it an enigma in the realm of medical science, and despite
increasing advances in research, it remains difficult to diagnose with
limited treatment options and no known cure. Over the years, several of
my colleagues and I have spoken on the House and Senate floors about
this fatal disease. During the 103rd session of Congress, I introduced
H.J. Res. 399, a House Joint Resolution designating Monday, August 29,
1994, as ``National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day'' while also urging my
colleagues in Congress to support extensive research to find a suitable
cure and treatment method for individuals with Sarcoidosis.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues in the United States House of
Representatives to join me in recognizing April as National Sarcoidosis
Awareness Month by acknowledging the need for more efficient research
into the causes, diagnostics, and potential treatment options for
Sarcoidosis. I am pleased to have the chance to bring a relatively
unknown disease to light and to increase public awareness of the need
to support individuals with this life-threatening ailment.
116th Congress