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Nearly 200 lupus patients and their families joined stars like Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Lena Waithe and Storm Reid on Saturday in the Dave and Busters game room in Hollywood to make a difference and fight a disease that affects over 1.5 million people in the U.S. alone.
Jordan spoke with The Hollywood Reporter to share why this fight is so personal to him and what he hopes to accomplish through his MBJAM.
“My mom has Lupus. She’s had it for over 25 years, and as soon as I was able to find an organization to align myself with, to bring more awareness to the disease and other Lupus patients out there I was all for it. … There is no cure,” he said. “All of our efforts right now are to raise money for research and find out as much as we can about it so we can get new treatments and new medications and new approaches to attacking the disease.”
Guests raised money by playing games, with Foxx and Jordan even going head to head, with Foxx ultimately emerging victorious over his friend.
When attendees were tired of playing games, there was a feast fit for a kid with a buffet full of pretzel dogs, sliders, fried shrimp and ice cream bars for all to enjoy.
Mario Lopez attended with his family, and he spoke to THR about what makes his friend Jordan such a special person: “He’s a classy guy, and the fact that he’s raising money and awareness for a worthy cause is awesome. The fact that it’s a family event is even cooler because you can educate your kids on important stuff like this.”
In addition to the fun and games, there was also a silent auction where guests could bid on such prizes as a Piaget watch, a Coach shopping spree or artwork created by Jordan’s mom, Donna.
13 Reasons Why star Meredith Monroe said she attended the event because nine out of 10 people diagnosed with lupus are women. “I’ve been a longtime supporter of Lupus LA,” the actress told THR. “I feel like because it affects so many women, it’s kind of a symbiotic kind of pull on me.”
MBJAM raised more than $250,000 to benefit Lupus LA.
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