Selena Gomez Funding Lupus Research
Selena Gomez is funding lupus research at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, it was announced on Monday.
The singer-actress, who suffers from the disease, made a donation to the school to start the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research. The money will support a pilot program that will research how to treat lupus complications. The hope is discovering new treatments to make living with side effects of the condition more bearable.
Gomez says in a statement, “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. I am hopeful for the millions of us around the world that may benefit from this.”
Leading the program will be Dr. Janos Peti-Peterdi, who is a professor of physiology and biophysics at Keck. He says, “We are extremely pleased to partner with Selena in her efforts to promote awareness and medical research toward a much-needed cure for lupus. 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.”
As Gossip Cop reported, Gomez canceled her “Revival Tour” last August to focus on her health. Before canceling the remaining concerts, the former child star was donating a portion of ticket sale proceeds to the Alliance for Lupus Research. Gomez’s new gift for USC will continue her philanthropic efforts, and hopefully make a difference in lives of sufferers just like her. To make a donation, visit keck.usc.edu/giving/selenafund.