Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus and Catholic Charities will be working together to empower Oregonians who are living with lupus. The two nonprofits will be pooling expertise to ensure that people receive help and support to manage the impact of the disease on their lives.  
Lupus, a chronic disease, causes the immune system to attack the body, creating a wide range of painful and debilitating symptoms and damage to various organs and tissues. The disease is widely misunderstood and often misdiagnosed. The ultimate cause is not known, and there is no cure. What is clear is that women of childbearing age and women of color are most likely to develop lupus and some men are affected as well.

For many people with lupus, it is necessary to learn to live with the condition long term, which may be a difficult process. The health problems caused by the disease can have a dramatic impact on a person’s ability to keep a job, to pay debts, maintain a normal family life and retain health insurance.

Molly’s Fund raises money to assist people with lupus and has set aside money for its Client Assistance Fund. The fund will be administered by Catholic Charities, which will also open up its wide range of social service programs to successful applicants.

“After I was diagnosed, I had nowhere to turn, there was no lupus community organized and very few resources available, today that is different, with Catholic Charities, the money we raise goes to help those in need, and that’s a miracle to be sure,” said Molly McCabe, co-founder of Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus.

The fund began accepting applications at the beginning of this year.

"We look forward to using our many services to tackle the serious problems these clients face to improve — and even transform — their situations,” says Pietro Ferrari, Catholic Charities executive director.