ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The Reid Foundation for Lupus (TRFL) was founded in late 2018, by veteran entertainment industry executive Bryant Reid. Mr. Reid was diagnosed with lupus in 2009 and is passionate about assisting others living with the disease. Dr. S Sam Lim who is the Chief of Rheumatology for Grady Health Systems serves on the Board of Directors.
The Foundation received its IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status in 2022 and held its first, highly successful, fundraising event in 2023. Its mission is to raise awareness, promote research, and advocate for people living with lupus through, Grant-making to other organizations addressing the issue, beginning with the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter; Educational outreach to lupus patients, their families, and caregivers with emphasis on patients in low-income communities, and communities of color. Facilitation for low-income patients in accessing effective treatment and essential services that facilitate healing, including a ride-share program and more. Advocacy and fund-seeking, beginning with leaders in the entertainment industry, sports, and corporate communities.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, (skin, joints, and/or organs). Women of color are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop lupus, although men develop lupus too. People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus. The symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years, Research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Most people with lupus develop the disease between the ages of 15-44.