The Alliance for Lupus Research
The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to finding better treatments and ultimately preventing and curing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus), a debilitating autoimmune disease. The organization was founded and is chaired by Robert Wood Johnson IV, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson and owner of the New York Jets. Since its inception in 1999, the ALR has given more money to lupus research than any non-governmental agency in the world.
Lupus can affect the joints and almost every major organ in the body, including the heart, kidneys, skin, lungs, and brain. As many as 1.5 million people in the United States have lupus which affects mostly women during childbearing years, though men and children can have the disease as well. Lupus is three times more common in African-American women and is also more prevalent in women of Latino, Asian, and Native American descent. The ALR board of directors funds all administrative and fundraising costs, allowing one hundred percent of all donations from the public to go directly to support research programs. More information can be found at www.alr.org.