Backstreet Boy Howie D. Pays Visit To Children's Hospital

Singer turns out to raise awareness about lupus.

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

Associated Press.

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

Benefit").

Backstreet Boys play the final date of a three-night stay at Boston's

FleetCenter Monday (see "Backstreet Boys On Course To Continue Tour

As Planned").

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."