9 out of 10 lupus patients are women. Minorities - especially African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans are affected disproportionately. That means northern California may well be the home of lupus - AND, lupus fighters. The Tower of Hope campaign will fund key priorities of the northern California lupus community: of the people who are living with lupus right now. That means finding patients a support group or a lupus buddy, arming them to do beat lupus daily, advocating for strong patient-focused public policies, bringing expert level conferences to every corner of the community, and supporting research efforts.