Selena Gomez is continuing to raise awareness for Lupus after going public with her kidney transplant!
Delivering a candid speech at the Lupus Research Alliance in New York on Monday night, the 25-year-old opened up about her battle and how it became “life-or-death.”
Speaking to the audience, she shared:
“I am really honored to be here with all of you guys tonight, my Lupus community. As many of you know or might not know, I was diagnosed with Lupus about five or six years ago… I also want people to know why research is so important and why we must support the scientists who bring all the promise of new discovery.”
The Wolves singer explained she learned her kidneys were affected by the disease, known as Lupus Nephritis, but it only got more serious:
“Maybe I wasn’t necessarily really good at knowing what that meant so it actually got to a point where it was life-or-death. Thankfully, one of my best friends gave me her kidney and it was the ultimate gift of life. And I am doing quite well now.”
During her speech, the newly blonde starlet also got a chance to honor her own team of doctors:
“It feels good to actually be honoring people like you or in my world it could seem kind of vain, but this is really, really special. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a donor, and something as monumental as an organ transplant shouldn’t be the best treatment option available.”
“I’d like to see the day when all young women can realize their dreams of life without a Lupus. This is why I am committed to the Lupus Research Alliance. So that none of us are alone, especially the young women that I have grown up with and heard many, many stories. I just want to say thank you and I hope we can do something for all of the younger people who need to know what this means.”
You can watch clips of her speech (below)!
Selena Gomez giving a speech at the 2017 Lupus Research Alliance Gala in New York City last night!
Selena Gomez talking about her kidney transplant at the Lupus Research Gala..
It’s amazing she’s using her voice to bring awareness to the disease!
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