S.L.E. Lupus Foundation's Young Leaders Kick off Summer 2013 with a Night for the Fight

Raises Thousands to Support Science and Service for NYC Lupus Community

Jun 05, 2013, 11:31 ET from S.L.E. Lupus Foundation

NEW YORK, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation's Young Leaders Committee brought together lupus advocates, friends, family members, and coworkers for the highly successful ninth annual "Night for the Fight."  With more than 250 guests, New York's young professionals raised more this year than ever to help achieve the Foundation's mission to support novel research and patient services, while bringing hope for a "Life without Lupus."

The event featured a silent auction and luxury raffle with donated goods and services from more than 35 sponsors, music from DJ Sabri and interactive entertainment from Pod Pix.

Chairman of the Young Leaders, Adrienne Lynch commented, "It is incredible to see so many young people come together for a great cause.  'Night for the Fight' provides a unique opportunity to both educate and entertain.  We hope people leave this party with great memories and valuable lupus information so they can better understand how it might affect someone they know."

Held at NYC trendy rooftop lounge Hudson Terrace, "Night for the Fight" was organized by 30 volunteers from The Young Leaders Committee, many of whom live with lupus.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus, is a chronic, complex and serious autoimmune disease affecting more than 1.5 million Americans.  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.  Lupus is difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, and a leading cause of premature cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and stroke among young women.

Formed over 40 years ago, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation leads the nation in providing direct patient services, education and public awareness, as well as funding for innovative lupus research on the national level.  The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is a member of the Lupus Research Institute National Coalition of patient groups throughout the country.

SOURCE S.L.E. Lupus Foundation