Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough spent Sunday signing autographs for patients at
the Boston Children's Hospital and talking about lupus.
Dorough was promoting a new alliance between the Caroline Dorough-Cochran
Lupus Memorial Foundation he founded after his sister died from the disease,
and Veritas Medicine, a Web site that provides information on clinical trials
and treatment for lupus and more than 50 other diseases, according to the
The union will make it easier for patients to participate in medical
research, Dorough told the AP.
"It just brings a good feeling to my heart to come back out here and visit these sometimes-sick patients and bring a little happiness to their lives," he added.
Lupus, which primarily affects women between the ages of 15 and 44, causes the
immune system to attack the body's own tissue.
Dorough recently announced details of the second annual Lupus Cruise to
raise money for the foundation (see "Backstreet Boy To Ship Out For Lupus
Backstreet Boys play the final date of a three-night stay at Boston's
FleetCenter Monday (see "Backstreet Boys On Course To Continue Tour
For a feature interview with Backstreet Boys, check out "Backstreet Boys: 'We Want To Be Honest.'"
For complete coverage of A.J.'s recovery and return, check out "Backstreet Boys: The A.J. Files."