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Elton John Sets Up Relief Fund For HIV Patients During Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Adreon Patterson

On April 4, Elton John became one of the latest celebrities to give a generous donation to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to TMZ.

The "Tiny Dancer" singer announced on Twitter that his foundation would be launching a $1 million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to help those on the frontlines adequately respond to the effects of COVID-19 on those with HIV "for the most marginalised communities" around the United States and the entire world.

Watch the video he posted to Twitter.

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"Now and always, I’m committed to not leave anyone affected by HIV behind," he wrote in a follow-up tweet before directing his followers to his foundation's website so that they can receive more information regarding this cause. "Visit http://ejaf.org/covid19 for more info."

He continued, "Sending love to all of our Foundation’s partners, grantees, supporters, frontline workers and members of our community during this time."

Having been an HIV and AIDS advocate for years. John's cause falls right in line with his commitments to combat the disease.

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John has long been a driving force in combating the AIDS epidemic, noting that he's been an advocate for causes relating to the fight for nearly 30 years.

John's donation combined with his advocacy on behalf of sufferers si especially poignant as those with HIV and AIDS typically have compromised immune systems, meaning that they are vulnerable in contracting the coronavirus.

Due to the nature of the disease, the entertainer's effort speaks volumes as more and more immunocompromised individuals fall victim to the pandemic.

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John's Twitter post came nearly a week after he hosted a star-studded coronavirus relief concert on Fox.

Having coordinated the special 'Living Room Concert for America', the Grammy winner was able to recruit singers such as Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and the Backstreet Boys, who all performed from their homes. The charitable effort was televised across all Fox platforms and television stations.

According to Variety, the special had raised $8 million towards the coronavirus relief efforts as of March 31.

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John has not been the only celebrity donating to various causes amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kylie Jenner, Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton and many more have pledged generous donations to hospitals and charitable causes during this difficult time.

Recently, Pink pledged $1 million in donations to two separate causes on April 3— the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia and the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. This came after she revealed she had contracted COVID-19.

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