Soledad at Lupus Foundation of America’s Butterfly Gala

Government officials, business leaders, renowned researchers, and individuals with lupus will come together to celebrate and honor leaders for their efforts to advance lupus as a significant public health problem. The Butterfly Gala –Sixth Annual Awards Dinner will be held tonight, May 12, 2009, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC.

This year’s honorees are U.S. Congressman James P. Moran (D-VA, 8th), Sanjay Gupta, M.D., CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, and Roger M. Perlmutter, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Research and Development for Amgen, Inc.

CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent Soledad O’Brien will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and Grammy Award-winning artist Mary Wilson of the Supremes will entertain the Gala attendees.

Lupus results from an immune system that is out of balance, causing it to become destructive to any organ or tissue in the body. Lupus can be very unpredictable and is potentially fatal. An estimated 1.5 million Americans have a form of lupus, yet no satisfactory treatment or a cure exists. In fact, it has been more than 50 years since the FDA approved a treatment for lupus. Its health consequences may include heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and organ failure.

The LFA is the foremost national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus, and to providing support, services, and hope to all people affected by lupus. The LFA Butterfly Gala will raise funds to support LFA programs of research, education, and advocacy.
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