Lupus LA Announces Toni Braxton as New Council Member
Six-time Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist Supports Charity Close to Her Heart
Los Angeles, CA (February 16, 2012) – Lupus LA today announced that six-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriterToni Braxton is the newest member to join the Lupus LA Executive Council. She has been a longtime supporter of Lupus LA and is also living with lupus herself. As a council member Braxton will help lead efforts on behalf of the organization, whose goals include raising awareness, promoting research and education, and serving the needs of people with lupus and their families throughout Southern California.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Toni Braxton to the Lupus LA Executive Council. She has been one of our most outspoken and vigorous supporters, and her voice will be a great addition to our organization,” said Chairman Adam Selkowitz. “Toni’s personal battle with lupus is an inspiration to many others suffering with the disease, and we know her commitment to the cause is helping to change lives.”
In 2010, Braxton publicly announced she had lupus at a Lupus LA event. Lupus, a debilitating autoimmune disease that can attack the body’s tissues and organs, affects over 1.5 million Americans and is more prevalent among women of color. The cause of lupus is unknown and it is difficult to diagnose and treat. There is no cure.
“I am honored to have been asked to join Lupus LA. My passion for this cause runs deep and I am looking forward to raising awareness to this somewhat mysterious disease. Lupus LA continues to accomplish so much, but there is so much more that we can do.”
Braxton has sold over 60 million records worldwide, garnering every award across Grammy's, AMA's, MTV and Billboard Awards amongst others. Spanning music to theatre, her hit debut on Broadway started with "Beauty and the Beast", where she made history as the first black actress to play “Belle” then following her critically acclaimed lead role in “Aida”. Most recently a finalist on ABC Networks hit show Dancing With the Stars, her own Women Entertainment TV series Braxton Family Values has become the #1 reality show ever in WeTV's history.