ALR Lupus Awareness Day Set for Sept. 23

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Burgdorff ERA, the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), Davis Vision and the Jets Women's Organization (JWO) present ALR Lupus Awareness Day on Sept. 23 at The Meadowlands. This event is designed to increase awareness of lupus, promote the ALR's mission to prevent, treat and cure lupus through medical research and, most important, raise funds for lupus research.

Jets events supporting the ALR have raised over $5.8 million.

Prior to the New York Jets' 1 p.m. kickoff against the Miami Dolphins, JWO members, ALR staff and volunteers and Burgdorff ERA volunteers will distribute 50,000 purple lupus awareness bracelets and collect donations from fans entering the stadium gates. New York City *Walk with Us to Cure Lupus *fundraiser Matt Niskanen will serve as an honorary captain for the opening coin toss.

The Alliance for Lupus Research is a national voluntary health organization based in New York City that was founded in 1999 and is chaired by Robert Wood Johnson IV, owner of the New York Jets. The ALR is the world's largest private funder of lupus research and advocates for increased federal funding for lupus research. Because of the generosity of ALR's Board of Directors, which pays all operating expenses, 100% of all donations to the ALR go directly to support the best lupus research in the world. Walk with Us to Cure Lupus is the ALR's signature grassroots fundraising program.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect almost every major organ in the body, including the joints, heart, kidneys, skin, lungs and brain. This disease afflicts an estimated 1.4 million Americans, 90 percent of whom are women in their childbearing years. Extremely difficult to diagnose, with no known cause or cure, lupus hit hardest one of our nation's most medically underserved populations — women of African, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander descent are most vulnerable.

For more information on the Alliance for Lupus Research, please call 800-867-1743 or visit www.lupusresearch.org.

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