Florida Senate - 2022                             (NP)    SR 794
       By Senator Jones
       35-00857-22                                            2022794__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing September 2022 as “Polycystic
    3         Kidney Disease Awareness Month” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a progressive
    6  genetic disorder that causes damage to the kidneys and the
    7  cardiovascular, endocrine, hepatic, and gastrointestinal organ
    8  systems, and
    9         WHEREAS, PKD causes kidney function decline and is one of
   10  the four leading causes of kidney failure in the United States,
   11  and
   12         WHEREAS, people who have chronic, life-threatening
   13  diseases, like PKD, have a predisposition to depression due to
   14  anxiety associated with pain, suffering, and the likelihood of
   15  premature death and experience thoughts of suicide at a rate
   16  seven times higher than the national average for the general
   17  population, and
   18         WHEREAS, PKD has a devastating impact on the health and
   19  finances of people of all ages and affects people of all races,
   20  genders, nationalities, geographic locations, and income levels,
   21  and
   22         WHEREAS, insurance coverage and access to comprehensive
   23  care and necessary treatments continue to lag for underserved
   24  communities in this state, especially black and Latinx
   25  populations, and
   26         WHEREAS, PKD awareness increases the public’s understanding
   27  of this disorder and empowers patients and their families to
   28  seek diagnosis, support, and appropriate treatment, NOW,
   31  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   33         That September 2022 is recognized as “Polycystic Kidney
   34  Disease Awareness Month” in Florida.