The Jets and Lupus Research Alliance will host Lupus Awareness Day on October 14, 2018, at MetLife Stadium when the Jets take on the Indianapolis Colts. This event is designed to increase awareness of the devastating autoimmune disease and help raise funds for lupus biomedical research.
In an effort to help raise funds for continued research, the Jets 50/50 Raffle presented by Florida Tech at this Sunday's game will benefit the Lupus Research Alliance. New for 2018 on gamedays, fans can purchase 50/50 raffle tickets three hours prior to kickoff through the end of the third quarter. One lucky fan will split the jackpot with Lupus Research Alliance. For rules and more information go to nyjets.com/5050raffle.
Additionally, top fundraisers from the Lupus Research Alliance's Walk With Us to Cure Lupus program will be honored on field for their support in the fight against lupus.
The Jets are deeply committed to supporting the Lupus Research Alliance, the world's leading private funder of lupus research. The organization was created in 2016 from the merger of three lupus-focused organizations that held the common belief that funding the most innovative and novel investigatory science in the world is the key to curing lupus. The Lupus Research Alliance is at the forefront of driving innovative research that can make a difference for people living with lupus.
To date, the organization has committed over $182 million to lupus research projects at top universities, medical schools and hospitals throughout the world. Because the Board of Directors funds all administrative and fundraising costs, 100% of all donations received goes to support lupus research programs. With the organization's support, pioneering investigations have led to significant discoveries that are leading the way to better diagnostics, improved treatments, and ultimately a cure.
Lupus is a chronic, complex autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide. More than 90% of lupus sufferers are women; lupus most often strikes during the childbearing years of 15 to 44. Women of color are especially at risk. 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.
For more information about the Lupus Research Alliance, please call 800-867-1743 or visit www.lupusresearch.org.