Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant News Has Raised Half a Million Dollars for Lupus Research

Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant News Has Raised Half a Million Dollars for Lupus Research

Selena Gomez has helped bring in almost $500,000 for lupus research following her kidney transplant revelation.

Earlier this year, the “Fetish” singer’s battle with lupus caused her to need a kidney transplant, which was donated by her friend Francia Raisa.

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In her Instagram post, Selena urged fans to visit the Lupus Research Alliance’s website. Now, the organization has announced that she has helped raise nearly half a million dollars in donations.

Selena’s openness and strong emotional connection to her worldwide audience has brought extraordinary awareness to a disease that is typically overlooked,” the organization’s president and CEO, Kenneth M. Farber, said in a statement. “As a result of her encouragement to visit our website, LupusResearch.org, to learn about lupus, our phones have been ringing off the hook and our website traffic has soared.”

Selena has supported our organization in many ways, donating a portion of tickets sales for her last concert tour to the Lupus Research Alliance and requesting donations to us on the occasion of her birthday, as well as yesterday’s announcement,” Kenneth added. “Together her appeals have raised almost $500,000 for research funded by the Lupus Research Alliance.”

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