WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Lupus Foundation of America formally unveiled a crowdfunding campaign - Cut it Out - to challenge everyone to cut out something small, such as coffee, desserts or movies, and donate the savings to the Foundation's national research effort. In 14 days, what Americans spend, consume, and drink adds up. If we each make one small sacrifice and donate what we save, we can make a difference in the lives of people battling lupus every day. "Every day people with lupus are forced to cut things out of their lives in order to manage their disease. They endure a lifetime of sacrifices - their hopes and dreams are either put on hold or dramatically changed," said Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America. "This campaign will help fund groundbreaking stem cell research that could diminish the long-term effects of lupus, stop damage to vital organs and save lives." Recent advances in lupus research have led to identifying the underlying causes of lupus and its progression, designing methods to improve early diagnosis, and discovering new treatments. Stem cell therapy holds promise as a safe and effective alternative for people with lupus who do not benefit from the current treatments available. Stem cell research has provided hope to people with formerly incurable and devastating conditions, including Parkinson's disease, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes as well as 80 other diseases. To learn more about the campaign and the stem cell study, please visit http://crowdrise.com/cut-it-out. About the Lupus Foundation of AmericaThe Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world's cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education, and advocacy, we lead the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. Learn more about the Foundation at www.lupus.org. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.