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Ever since Selena Gomez first opened up about her lupus diagnosis and health condition, the star has become a champion for the cause and uses every chance she gets to raise awareness and funds for research about the illness. She even donated a portion of her REVIVAL Tour ticket sales to help fight the autoimmune disease.
Now, the singer has donated some of her own money to the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine to start the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research, which will support a research project aimed at treating complications from the disease.
"I continue to be optimistic about the progress being made in lupus research and am proud to support the promising work at Keck School of Medicine," Selena said in a statement. "I am hopeful for the millions of us around the world that may benefit from this."
We're so proud of her for using her voice to shine light on an important cause, and raise funds that will help so many people. The research team involved with the project shares our thoughts.
"We are extremely pleased to partner with Selena in her efforts to promote awareness and medical research toward a much-needed cure for lupus," the school's professor of physiology and biophysics, Janos Peti-Peterdi, said in a statement. "Complications from systemic lupus cause serious damage, and we are hopeful that our research, with Selena’s support, will help those affected by this disease lead full, healthy lives."
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Selena Gomez kept her lupus diagnosis to herself for some time, but recently opened up about her condition. "I waited for the right time to talk about it because I am in a great place and I'm very healthy. I'm not trying to be loud about it. It was time to use my platform to help," she shared about her chronic autoimmune disease.