The Lupus Research Institute's National Coalition of patient organizations across the country applauds entertainer Lady Gaga for discussing her personal connection to lupus on CNN's Larry King Live. Her courage to speak about lupus makes her a role model for others to publicly discuss this challenging disease and its potentially devastating effects on a family.
In expressing thanks to her fans for their concern about her condition, Lady Gaga brings attention to an autoimmune illness that affects more than 1.5 million Americans-90 percent of whom are female. Her personal encounter with lupus, with her aunt dying young from complications of the disease, reminds us all of the critical importance of research to find less toxic treatments and ultimately a cure.
The LRI National Coalition is grateful for Lady Gaga's outspoken recognition of lupus-an inspiration to her millions of fans and others around the globe-and are here to support all those who have been touched by the disease.