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Julian Lennon and James Scott Cook support lupus

Julian Lennon, son of the legendary John Lennon and James Scott Cook have donated a portion of the proceeds from their new song, "LUCY," to fund research into lupus. The funds are being divided between the St. Thomas Lupus Trust and the Lupus Foundation of America Inc.

The song was created to honour Lucy Vodden, a childhood friend of Julian Lennon's who sadly passed away in September 2009 at the age of 46 after a long battle with lupus and James's 92-year-old grandmother, Lucy Cook, who has been living with lupus for years.

Lucy Vodden was the inspiration behind the Beatles hit 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' and, along with her family, avid supporters of the St. Thomas Lupus Trust. Julian was about 4 years old when he took a drawing home and his father asked him what it was. He said 'it's Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' and the famous song was born.

We are thrilled that Julian and James have made such a wonderful gesture. It will not only raise funds for lupus research in both countries but also help to raise vital lupus awareness. We're also extremely pleased to be working hand in hand with the Lupus Foundation of America on this project. It's a fantastic opportunity for the 2 charities to 'band together' for lupus.

We hope that this song encouraged others to support us in our work and that this will finally bring lupus the attention it deserves. This is not only a historic moment in lupus history but also in music history.

The O'Donnell/Vodden family said, "we are so proud that Lucy's memory lives on in this beautiful song written by Julian Lennon and James Scott Cook. That it helps to raise awareness to this awful disease and funds for the continued research by the St. Thomas' Lupus Trust is a lasting legacy from a wonderful lady. Lucy always said that the least important thing about her was her connection to the Beatles song but she never missed an opportunity to use it if she thought she could gain publicity for this fantastic charity which supported her for the last few years of her life. Julian has been a wonderful support to the family and we are overwhelmed by his and James' generosity in donating the profit to St. Thomas Lupus Trust and the LFA."

Julian Lennon said "I can only hope that Lucy would be proud of our efforts to rally support for the St. Thomas's Lupus Trust. She will always be a diamond in my sky."

More information:

Julian and James on CBS

USA Today

'Another Lucy'