Doing her part for the cause, the Come And Get It singer made a donation to the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine for research into the condition, People confirmed.
Kick-starting the project which will be known as the Selena
Gomez Fund for Lupus Research, the 24-year-old admitted that she was ‘optimistic’ and ‘proud’ to be supporting the work of the institution.
In a statement obtained by the publication, she said: ‘I continue to be optimistic about the progress being made in lupus research and am proud to support the promising work at Keck School of Medicine.
‘I am hopeful for the millions of us around the world that may benefit from this.’
The young singer had to cancel her world tour last year after suffering from ‘anxiety, panic attacks and depression’ which are some side effects of the condition, taking time out to focus on her health.
She also previously revealed that she secretly underwent chemotherapy in 2013 because of the illness.
Selena’s donation will initially fund a pilot treatment program focused on treating the complications of the condition, spearheaded by professor of physiology and biophysics Dr Janos Peti-Peterdi.
Speaking about the partnership with Selena and his institution, he said: ‘We are extremely pleased to partner with Selena in her efforts to promote awareness and medical research toward a much-needed cure for lupus.
‘Complications from systemic lupus cause serious damage, and we are hopeful that our research, with Selena’s support, will help those affected by this disease lead full, healthy lives.’
Writer: Elizabeth Adetula for Metro.co.uk