News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Dec. 14, 2011: Jamaican American co-author of the book, Mastering The Art of Success, Jackie Morris, has launched a lupus foundation to benefit Caribbean- and African-Americans who are battling the painful and dreaded disease.

The Ryan’s Hope for Lupus Foundation, named after her son Ryan, hopes to inspire other sufferers of lupus, a disease that afflicts many but flies under the radar of better-known sickle cell anemia.

Morris often admits to having been on her “death bed” a decade ago while putting up a valiant struggle with lupus. Unable to leave her bed for weeks, her friend Roger French, who was producing a film on first floors of her Fort Greene brownstone with Ruby Dee, Isaac Hayes and May May Ali, made arrangements for his esteemed cast to visit Morris at her bedside.

Morris sites in particular the humility, kind words and encouragement of Hayes as key motivation in pulling her through her near-death experience. Morris is also founder of Rock Status workshops, which has worked with mogul Dick Clark; entertainers Foxy Brown, Tracee Ross, Donna Summer and Yankee B, and is now sought after by music giants Virgin Records and BMG toward identifying unique brands of their artists and creating strategic marketing campaigns for them in the age of social media.

For further information on Ryan’s Hope for Lupus Foundation, contact Jackie Morris at 646.639.4700 or email Ja****@ro********.com.

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