August 28, 2018
The Lupus Research Alliance was proud to take part in the NY Jets 2018 KickOff Luncheon that launched the upcoming season while gaining awareness for the worthwhile causes supported by the team. With the help of nearly 800 generous supporters, the luncheon raised over $750,000 to benefit the Lupus Research Alliance along with the New York Jets Foundation.
Neil Glat, President of the New York Jets, noted “We firmly believe that as community leaders we have a responsibility to give back. Our community activities include our efforts to eradicate bullying, promote youth football, fight child obesity, work with the military and first responders, and of course, to actively support lupus research. We especially thank our players because we could not do this important philanthropic work without them.”
“Lupus is a disease you’ve probably never heard of. But it’s a disease that can be devastating,” explained Kenneth M. Farber, President and CEO of the Lupus Research Alliance. “With the incredible generosity of the New York Jets and everyone here today, as well as our dedicated Board of Directors, we have drafted the world’s top researchers whose discoveries are what’s needed for better treatments and ultimately a cure!”
Lupus is a chronic, complex autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide. More than 90% of people with lupus are women; lupus most often strikes during the childbearing years of 15-45. African Americans, Latin Americans, Asians and Native Americans are two to three times at greater risk than Caucasians. In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, creates antibodies that can attack any part of the body including the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, and joints.
About the Lupus Research Alliance
The Lupus Research Alliance aims to transform treatment while advancing toward a cure by funding the most innovative lupus research in the world. The organization’s stringent peer review grant process fosters diverse scientific talent who are driving discovery toward better diagnostics, improved treatments and ultimately a cure for lupus. Because the Lupus Research Alliance’s Board of Directors fund all administrative and fundraising costs, 100% of all donations goes to support lupus research programs.