Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx
By Jack Barnes
Michael B. Jordan and Lupus LA celebrated their 2nd annual MBJAM, bringing together celebrities, athletes, lupus patients, advocates and kids of all ages for an afternoon of family-fun in the heart of Hollywood. Hundreds gathered at Dave & Busters Hollywood to celebrate those who are able to thrive with lupus, while brining much-needed funds and awareness to Lupus LA. Over $250,000 was raised to support their mission to find the causes of and a cure for lupus, while providing support, services and hope to all people affected by the chronic autoimmune disease.
Joined by Master of Ceremonies Terrence J, special guests in attendance included Jamie Foxx, Lena Waithe, Storm Reid, Niles Fitch, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Josh & Heather Altman, Terri Seymour, Mario Lopez, Steelo Brim and many more. Thanks to the generosity and support the Jordan family and event partners Nike, Coach, American Airlines, Cheerios and Warner Bros. Entertainment, nearly 200 lupus patients and their families were able to attend the event free of charge.
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A crowd gathered and cheered as Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx went head to head in a game of Pop A Shot. Every basket made during the challenge raised additional funds for Lupus LA. The afternoon was filled with games and activities, prizes, a silent auction, delicious snacks and an interactive graffiti wall.
Adam Selkowitz, Chairman of Lupus LA, and Terrence J introduced Michael B. Jordan, addressing the importance of the event and Michael’s dedication to Lupus LA on behalf of his mother Donna Jordan. Michael and Donna shared heartfelt words on how lupus has affected their family and thanked attendees for their support.
“My mother is the inspiration behind MBJAM, and my personal superhero. With lupus, it’s not just the one person that’s affected, it’s the whole family,” said Michael B. Jordan. “I want to thank you all for coming out to support a cause that means so much to me and my family.”
In addition to today’s festivities, Lupus LA is hosting an online auction on IfOnly, which goes live Monday and will run through mid-August. Available items include a watch from Piaget valued at $20,000, a VIP $2,500 shopping experience at Coach in Beverly Hills, and one-of-a-kind pieces of art from Donna Jordan, Alejandro Esquivias, Joseph Pascual and Ju Young Ku. Learn more at www.IfOnly.com/LupusLA.
Lupus is one of America’s most prevalent medical problems, yet two-thirds of the population know little or nothing about this chronic, autoimmune disease that affects 1.5 million Americans, and over 60,000 people in LA county alone. Every 30 minutes, someone is diagnosed with lupus, and more Americans have lupus than AIDS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, sickle-cell anemia and cystic fibrosis combined.
There is no cure for lupus, but in many cases, it can be controlled. There is a tremendous need for more research and funding to support scientists’ efforts to discover new, more effective treatments and a cure.
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About Lupus LA
Lupus LA serves the needs of people with lupus and their families in Los Angeles County and across Southern California. Lupus LA raises funds for its patient programs, local rheumatology fellowships and research partners at the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA). Since the year 2000, Lupus LA has raised over $10,000,000 dollars for the cause, primarily through special events – the LA Marathon, Orange Ball, Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon and MBJAM, featuring Lupus LA Ambassador Michael B. Jordan. Through the Celebrity Ambassador Program, Lupus LA has raised more awareness for the cause than any other lupus organization in the country. While lupus is widespread, awareness and accurate knowledge about it are lacking. Research shows that although 1.5 million people in the U.S. have lupus, nearly two-thirds of the public knows little or nothing about the disease. In fact, more Americans have lupus than AIDS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, sickle-cell anemia and cystic fibrosis, making it one of this country’s most prevalent medical problems. In Los Angeles County alone, there are over 60,000 people suffering from lupus. Lupus LA, a non-profit health organization, was founded in 2000 by a concerned group of lupus families spearheaded by Daniel J. Wallace, MD, attending physician in the Division of Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. For more information please visit www.LupusLA.org.
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