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The Avril Lavigne Foundation and GLA Discuss Tick-Borne Disease at Global Health Forum

Real change happens when we work together. This is especially true when it comes to advancing the Lyme disease and tick-borne illness agenda, be it through research, awareness, funding, or patient support.

At Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) we are eternally grateful for the tireless work of our board member Avril Lavigne and our amazing partners in The Avril Lavigne Foundation. The Avril Lavigne Foundation recently invited GLA’s CEO Scott Santarella and Chief Scientific Officer Tim Sellati to join them at the Reaching the Last Mile (RLM) Forum in Abu Dhabi, to discuss and collaborate on the world stage about the risks of tick-borne illness and how we can come together to help patients.

The Avril Lavigne Foundation post from December 10, 2019 …

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 Forum  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 be invited by The Avril Lavigne Foundation to participate alongside incredible organizations like The Clinton Foundation, The Gates Foundation, Project Hope, The Carter Center, The World Health Organization and to join them in educating 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 Louvre Abu Dhabi, and participate in a Round Table focused on Climate Change & 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), @MalariaNoMore @ChildrensPhila and others. During the Forum Bill Gates  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.

Here are some highlights …

Reaching the Last Mile Forum 2019 in Abu Dhabi
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Avril Lavigne and GLA: Head Above Water Campaign

Avril Lavigne recently stated that fighting Lyme Disease has been the hardest battle she’s ever fought. If you are reading this post, we have no doubt you understand the sentiment.

The Avril Lavigne Foundation supports individuals with Lyme disease, serious illnesses and disabilities. We are excited to announce that as part of their expanded mission (which will include providing PREVENTION resources, funding TREATMENT and accelerating RESEARCH, in order to TRANSFORM lives), Global Lyme Alliance has recently become The Avril Lavigne Foundation’s newest partner.


Avril’s “Head Above Water” charitable t-shirt will benefit the Lyme community as a whole – including GLA! We encourage you to support Avril, The Avril Lavigne Foundation & each other by purchasing yours today!

Buy a t-shirt

Once you’ve received your shirt, follow these three easy steps:

  1. Put your shirt on and take a selfie
  2. Post on Instagram with the hashtags #GlobalLymeAlliance #TheAvrilLavigneFoundation #HeadAboveWater
  3. Be sure to tag us in your post!

We’ll repost a few of our favorites, and everyone who submits a photo will be entered for the chance to win a personally autographed shirt – Avril’s gift to you to thank you for your support! (This is a limited time promotion – so get your shirt before they’re all gone!)

Thank you for your ongoing support of Global Lyme Alliance and thank you in advance for your support of our newest partner, The Avril Lavigne Foundation.