The following is a press release:
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. congratulates Leslie Hunt, of Chicago, Illinois for making it into the Top 24 finalists on American Idol.
Lupus is a chronic disease where the immune system goes into overdrive, attacking the body's own healthy tissue causing severe inflammation, pain, and tissue damage to various parts of the body. Lupus can lead to organ failure, disability, or death. The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Ninety percent of the people with lupus are women.
On behalf of the millions of Americans who are directly and indirectly affected by lupus, the Lupus Foundation of America extends its best wishes to Leslie Hunt on her journey to become the next American Idol. Her efforts will inspire all who are greatly impacted by lupus and struggle on a daily basis with the debilitating and disabling consequences of the disease.