Selena Gomez is using her fortune to help a cause that hits close to home.
The singer/actress -- who revealed that she was diagnosed with lupus in a Billboard cover story in October 2015 -- donated to the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, firing up the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research, People first reported.
The pilot research program will be led by Janos Peti-Peterdi, M.D., PhD, a professor of biophysics at the Keck School, and will focus on complications from the autoimmune disease.
"I continue to be optimistic about the progress being made in lupus research and am proud to support the promising work at Keck School of Medicine. I am hopeful for the millions of us around the world that may benefit from this," Gomez said in a statement.
Back in August, Gomez took a break from her Revival tour to focus on her recovery from anxiety, panic attacks and depression that stemmed from her lupus diagnosis. A few months later, in November, she returned to the limelight at the American Music Awards. In her acceptance speech for favorite pop/rock female artist, she thanked her fans for continuing to support her, encouraging them, "If you are broken, you don't have to stay broken."