Actor Michael B. Jordan and his mother, Donna held their inaugural Lupus charity event in LA to raise money and awareness for the condition. During the event the actor and his mother were presented a special proclamation from L.A. Mayor, Eric Garcetti.
The special proclamation issued by the city of Los Angeles recognized Michael B. Jordan and his mother’s efforts and commitment to Lupus LA.
This year marks the first annual MBJAM created by the Lupus LA ambassador, Jordan, who has a special connection to lupus as his mother is currently battling the disease. He aspired to create an event to raise awareness for lupus while involving all members of families, including children.
“You go to so many different charity events and they’re not stale, but they’re very structured,” Jordan told The Hollywood Reporter. “I wanted to do something a little different where families could come out, enjoy themselves, you can bring your kids, adults can still have drinks and do their thing and get the business of it all, but then have something for everybody.”
The event was held at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey and hosted by Terrence Jenkins.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan’s mother, Donna shared her thoughts on singer Selena Gomez, who recently shared she had to undergo a kidney transplant, because of her battle with lupus.
“I was preparing for the event trying to figure out what to say and how I was going to present myself because I’m not usually in this kind of arena speaking about [lupus] in this way,” she said. “I saw this picture and completely broke down. I’m 60 years old. I feel for [Gomez], you know what I mean? It’s not that it’s any different that I’m older. It’s just, she has her whole life ahead of her, and she has such a vibrant career and that sort of thing.”
She continued: “I was really sending my prayers and everything out to her for her quick, speedy recovery because it is such a debilitating illness. People don’t really notice it because it’s almost like if you had a cast on your leg. You’d say, ‘Okay, she has a broken leg.’ You don’t really see [lupus], and people just sort of hide it a lot because you don’t want the sympathy. You want to be hanging out with everybody else, doing what everybody else does, but the fatigue always kind of slows you down, so it’s something that needs this type of exposure in order to get the attention that it needs.”
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