NEW YORK, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) today announced that Team Life Without Lupus® is joining the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) fundraising program Walk with Us to Cure Lupus in New York City to help raise funds for lupus research.
To that end, 100% of all funds raised by LRI's Team Life Without Lupus will go towards lupus research. The LRI and ALR are collaborating on a research initiative to accelerate new lupus treatments with the goal to speed the availability of better, safer treatments for lupus patients.
"The LRI's participation in the ALR Walk tangibly affirms our partnership to deliver critical research," commented LRI President and CEO Margaret Dowd. "We are proud to help unify the lupus community in the New York metropolitan area as we walk together to strengthen lupus research."
The New York City Walk will be held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum the morning of Saturday, October 18. Register to walk with Team Life Without Lupus at http://walk.lupusresearch.org/goto/lifewithoutlupus. Easy-to-use tools are provided to invite family, friends, and associates to join Team Life Without Lupus. Those unable to attend can fundraise as a virtual walker.
Lupus is a chronic, complex and prevalent autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.5 million Americans. More than 90% of lupus sufferers are women, mostly young women between the ages of 15 to 44. Women of color are especially at risk. In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, creates antibodies that attack the body's own tissues and organs -- the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, and joints.
About the Lupus Research Institute
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI), the leading private supporter of novel research in lupus, pioneers discovery and champions scientific creativity as it demonstrates the power of innovation to propel scientific solutions in this complex autoimmune disease. Founded by families and shaped by leading scientists, the Institute has generated $170 million in novel lupus research, delivering many of the decade's most pivotal breakthroughs, transforming treatment and advancing toward prevention and a cure.
For more information, visit www.lupusresearchinstitute.org.
SOURCE Lupus Research Institute