J1652

Memorializing Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim March 2022, as Alport Syndrome Awareness Month in the State of New York

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J1652


Senate Resolution No. 1652

BY: Senator RIVERA

MEMORIALIZING Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim
March 2022, as Alport Syndrome Awareness Month in
the State of New York

WHEREAS, The State of New York takes great pride in recognizing
serious genetic diseases by proclaiming official months to increase
awareness of such concerns, which affect thousands of New Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize
Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim March 2022, as Alport Syndrome Month
in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Since 2014, this month-long campaign has aimed to spotlight
this rare, genetic kidney disease during National Kidney Awareness
Month; and

WHEREAS, Alport Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by
progressive kidney disease and abnormalities of the inner ear and the
eye; and

WHEREAS, The disease we now know as Alport Syndrome was first
described in the British medical literature in the early years of the
20th Century; in 1927, Dr. Cecil Alport published a paper describing the
association of kidney disease and deafness in affected individuals, and
in 1961, the disorder was named after Dr. Alport; and

WHEREAS, There are three genetic types: X-linked Alport syndrome
(XLAS) is the most common, and affected males typically have more severe
disease than affected females; autosomal recessive Alport syndrome
(ARAS) the severity of disease in affected males and females is similar;
and autosomal dominant form (ADAS) which affects males and females with
equal severity; and

WHEREAS, The hallmark of the disease is the presence of blood in the
urine (hematuria) early in life, with progressive decline in kidney
function (kidney insufficiency) which ultimately results in kidney
failure, especially in affected males; about 50% of untreated males with
XLAS develop kidney failure by age 25, increasing to 90% by age 40 and
nearly 100% by age 60; people with Alport Syndrome experience
progressive loss of kidney function; and

WHEREAS, Alport Syndrome is often discussed with a related disorder
known as thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN), in which the
predominant pathologic abnormality is thinning of glomerular basement
membranes; and

WHEREAS, Alport Syndrome is estimated to affect approximately 1 in
5,000-10,000 people in the general population in the United States,
which means that approximately 30,000-60,000 people in the United States
have the disorder; and

WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater awareness of this
serious health condition, and more must be done to increase activity at
local, State and National levels; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim March 2022, as Alport
Syndrome Awareness Month in the State of New York, and to urge the
citizens of this great Empire State to learn about the causes, symptoms,
diagnoses and treatments for Alport Syndrome; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Kathy Hochul, Governor of the State of New
York.

actions

  • 12 / Jan / 2022
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 19 / Jan / 2022
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 19 / Jan / 2022
    • ADOPTED

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