Actor, performer and singer Selena Gomez will be supporting the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) while hitting the road this year. The ALR announced today that Gomez will donate proceeds from each ticket sold on her Revival Tour to support lupus research. The highly-anticipated tour starts Friday, May 6 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.
“The Alliance for Lupus Research is extraordinarily grateful to Selena Gomez for this demonstration of enormous generosity,” says Kenneth M. Farber, ALR President. “Her strength of spirit and courage will have repercussions within the lupus community for years to come. This is a disease that strikes young women in the prime of their lives, and since going public with her diagnosis, Selena has been an example of tenacity in the face of the complications of this disease.”
This news being announced in May is especially relevant because it is Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation and tissue damage to any organ system in the body. The health effects of lupus include heart attacks, strokes, seizures, organ failure, and possible death. Lupus affects an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States, and 5 million internationally. Although lupus can affect men and children, 90% of those affected are women.
One hundred percent of donations to the ALR goes directly to fund biomedical lupus research because the Alliance for Lupus Research Board of Directors funds all administrative and fundraising costs. The ALR is the world’s largest private funder of lupus research, and one of the leading funders of rheumatic diseases in the world.
If you are new to the Alliance for Lupus Research, the center is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to finding better treatments and ultimately preventing and curing systemic lupus erythematosus (otherwise known as SLE, or lupus).
The organization is based right in New York City, currently chaired by Robert Wood Johnson IV, owner of the New York Jets. Since its founding in 1999, the ALR has given more money to lupus research than any non-governmental agency in the world. To date the ALR has committed over $105 million to fund the most innovative and aggressive research into the cause, prevention and cure of lupus.