STRONG. Courageous. Honest. Vulnerable. KIND. These are a few words that come to mind when we think of #LymeWarrior @YolandaHadid. Please read this article, and you’ll understand why. Thank you Yolanda for sharing your Lyme journey, and for all you continue to do for the Lyme community.
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Ticks are responsible for more than 75% of the vector-borne illnesses reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) every year. Since the 1990s, scientists have reported a nearly 300 percent increase in U.S. counties classified as “high incidence” for Lyme disease, and Lyme has been reported in all 50 US states (as well as every country in the world, except Antarctica). In January, the CDC estimated that over 476,000 Americans were diagnosed with Lyme disease annually between 2010 and 2018 — about 10 times higher than what’s currently reported. Lyme disease is a global pandemic but NOT a global priority. Please, join us as we continue to #FightLyme.
Tomorrow, monuments around the world will light up to bring awareness to #WorldNTDDay, including the CN Tower in Toronto! Did you know that neglected tropical diseases still affect 1 in every 5 people around the world? We must get the world’s attention and join together to #beatNTDs. Watch this video and help @RLMGlobalHealth #EndTheNeglect and raise awareness for this important cause by taking the 1 in 5 challenge: https://bit.ly/2LzRBW1
We are so grateful for your ongoing support of The Avril Lavigne Foundation & our partner organizations. Because of YOUR kindness this year, we were able to expand our programs that serve the Lyme community and others in need….we couldn’t have done it without you. Wishing you and your friends and family a healthy and Happy New Year.
Hello Canada 🇨🇦! The Government of Canada has developed a COVID-19 app that is free to download. As a preventative measure, it will notify you of possible exposures so you can take precautions before you have symptoms. Canadian friends, please download the app today (free on the App Store & Google Play) & stay safe. #WearADamnMask #DownloadTheApp #COVIDAlert #COVID19
Bettersocks was created by the Bertoia Family, in honor of their son, Daniel, in collaboration with the SickKids Foundation. The socks feature hand-drawn artwork from children at SickKidsToronto, and raise money for better cancer research and a brighter future. After receiving the child’s artwork, the Bettersocks in-house designers digitally reproduce their drawings, preparing each month’s design to be seamlessly stitched into the socks.
Get your own pair at Bettersocks.com today, just in time for the holidays! With each purchase, you will also receive the artist’s story of bravery, selflessness and an unrelenting commitment to finding a cure. Thank you to the Bertoia family & all the SickKids Foundation for this incredible gift. And thank you in advance for your purchase, which brings Bettersocks one step closer to their goal of raising $1million for SickKids Foundation to advance scientific research and improve the health of children.
On #GivingTuesday, we’re so grateful for YOU! We hope you will consider a donation to one of our partner charities, or a post to raise awareness for their missions. Whether it be to support Lyme treatment grants or research (LymeLight Foundation, Lyme Treatment Foundation, Global Lyme Alliance), to send more campers to camp (Center for Courageous Kids, Easterseals), to support incredible athletes and inspiring souls (Special Olympics, Project Hope, Race to Erase MS, Fender Play Foundation, UNICEF, Make A Wish) we know that every dollar donated helps those in need. We appreciate your support of these amazing organizations and your kindness.
We absolutely LOVE Bogavia!! Their entire product line is completely CLEAN, non-toxic, cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free & gluten-free, so it’s perfect for those of us looking to keep our hair & skin clean, fresh and GLOWING. Best of all, they GIVE BACK, so please, gift YOURSELF (you deserve it!) and anyone else on your list who might need a little extra “Self-Care” this holiday season.
When you shop at bogavia.com/Avril, Bogavia donates to The Avril Lavigne Foundation. Use code AVRIL at checkout and 50% of your purchase helps us #FightLyme & support individuals with serious illness and disabilities. Thank you to our friends at Bogavia for your partnership & for supporting The Avril Lavigne Foundation (and for making all your products smell so YUMMY!)
Huge thanks @1021theedge for your #FamousFriends contest! We’re so happy Avril and Brittney Desantis were able to pull off the win! Your generous $10,000 donation to The Avril Lavigne Foundation will help so many Lyme patients on their journey. Congratulations Brittney and Avril!
IN THE PRESS:
In a statement to iHeartRadio, Avril shared a heartfelt message of gratitude to all the fans who tuned in and donated, and to her celebrity friends for taking the time to help amplify her message. She said:
“Thanks to all the fans for donating in support of the Lyme community, we couldn’t be more grateful for your ongoing support and generosity. Special thanks to OneRepublic, Alessia Cara, and Rob Thomas for performing lending your voice to support, to Wilmer Valderrama for hosting, to my friends Bebe Rexha, Shania Twain, Chad Kroeger, Elena Delle Donne, and Marisol Thomas for supporting the Lyme community by participating in our #FightLyme PSA and to all involved in making the production happen.”
Thanks so much to all the dope artists OneRepublic, Alessia Cara, and Rob Thomas for performing tonight and lending your voice to support, Wilmer Valderrama for hosting and to my friends Bebe Rexha, Shania Twain, Chad Kroeger Elena Delle Donne, and Marisol Thomas for supporting the #Lyme community. You can get the shirt we’re all wearing in the show at charitystars.com/fightlyme #FightLyme
I’m SO excited to share that my friends OneRepublic and Alessia Cara are joining us to help #FightLyme on 10/24 at 5pm PST! SO grateful to them and also to Rob Thomas, & our host Wilmer Valderrama for helping bring the Lyme community together. Will you join us too? Tickets & merch bundles are on sale now at avrillavigne.com, and we just added a few more VIP Soundcheck packages too. With your help, The Avril Lavigne Foundation continues to provide PREVENTION resources and TREATMENT grants to individuals and families affected by Lyme disease, and to accelerate scientific RESEARCH.
Tickets are on sale now at avrillavigne.com, With your help, The Avril Lavigne Foundation will continue to provide PREVENTION resources and TREATMENT grants to individuals and families affected by Lyme disease, and to accelerate scientific RESEARCH.
In honor of Lyme Awareness Month, The Avril Lavigne Foundation has joined our partners at Global Lyme Alliance for an awareness campaign, and we really need YOUR help. Did you know you are at risk for Lyme Disease, if you go outside? It’s true! Please, follow the directions below because I can’t wait to see you guys in action as #LymeWarriors!!! Together we can educate entire communities and the resulting prevention can immediately save lives. Let’s make sure that people are protecting themselves and checking themselves. We hope you will help educate your friends, family & community, and you may even see yourself on our socials. Ready? Let’s do this together! xo Avril
Here’s what to do:
The biennial Reaching The Last Mile (RLM) Forum, held in Abu Dhabi, convenes global health leaders to share insights and best practices on how to map out, eliminate & eradicate infectious diseases. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this year’s RLM Global Health Summit brought together more than 300 preeminent individuals from government, private sector, philanthropy & academia, to discuss reaching the last mile of disease elimination faster – including The Avril Lavigne Foundation. We were honored to participate alongside incredible organizations like The Clinton Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Hope, the WHO and more, and of course we brought along our partners from Global Lyme Alliance who joined us to educate the global health community about Lyme and other tick-borne/vector-borne diseases. During the Forum, we had the opportunity to hear from a number of prominent global health leaders, exhibit at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and participate in a Round Table focused on Climate Change and Global Health (chaired by the esteemed Dr. Anthony Costello.) Participants included the UAE’s Ministers of Climate Change and Health, Rt. Hon Helen Clark (former Prime Minister of New Zealand), Malaria No More, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and others. During the Forum, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg and other philanthropic leaders from around the world pledged over $2.6 BILLION to eradicate Polio. The Forum was collaborative, educational and beyond inspiring. We are grateful to have been included in this prestigious event & thank our generous hosts, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and the Crown Prince Court. More Photos
To celebrate the announcement of the “Head Above Water Tour,” we’ve launched an auction at CharityStars.com/AvrilTour. To thank you for your support, all participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win a pair of Avril’s personal VIP seats for the show of your choice. Please bid to help us #FightLyme.
Thank you to singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera who hosted an online fundraiser for The Avril Lavigne Foundation which raised over $25,000!
See Avril talk about how writing #HeadAboveWater was influenced by her struggle with Lyme.
Thank you Billboard for supporting our #HeadAboveWater T-shirt Campaign.
Avril Lavigne has announced that she has written a song called “Fly” for The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Special Olympics. The song will be released in advance of the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will take place July 25-August 2, 2015. More details about the song will be available soon.
In September 2014, as part of the Avril Lavigne Foundation’s support for Special Olympics, Avril launched a campaign for her 30th birthday, which raised funds to support 30 Special Olympics Athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
The athletes supported by the campaign will come from five different countries and will be announced in February. During her 2014 World Tour, Avril visited a local Special Olympics program in Shanghai to learn more about their programs, and met with and invited more than 200 Special Olympics athletes to her shows in 14 countries.
International, award-winning musician and philanthropist Avril Lavigne debuted her song “Fly” to benefit Special Olympics today. The song is exclusively available today, April 16, on iTunes (http://smarturl.it/avrilflysingle) 100 days before the start of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which will be the world’s largest sporting event in 2015, and will take place July 25-August 2 in Los Angeles. The inspiring music video for “Fly”, debuted today on ABC’s Good Morning America, featuring Avril Lavigne and Special Olympics athletes from around the world.