Avril Lavigne presents live Lyme disease benefit show



Avril Lavigne announced a live benefit concert on October 24 at 8 p.m. ET, helping to raise awareness and raise funds in the fight against Lyme disease. All proceeds from the virtual event – described on the singer’s website as the “only chance” to see her perform in 2020 – will support the Avril Lavigne Foundation and the Global Lyme Alliance.

Tickets, as well as merchandise bundles and VIP soundcheck passes, are now on sale.

“I am so excited that fans and friends around the world are joining me and my very special guests for #FightLyme, which will benefit the Lyme community,” Lavigne said in a statement. “It will be an unforgettable evening full of hope, great music and exciting surprises!

Lavigne has fought Lyme herself: she revealed her diagnosis in 2015, noting that she had contracted the disease from a tick bite the previous spring; in a January 2020 Instagram post shouting out Justin Bieber, who had announced his own diagnosis, she wrote: “For almost two years I was really sick and fighting for my life.”

“Bad days come and go,” she continued, adding that by writing her sixth LP, that of 2019 Head above the water, helped her “get through the worst.” ”

The singer’s foundation helps people with Lyme, serious illnesses or disabilities – by providing prevention resources, funding treatment grants and advancing scientific research. Global Lyme Alliance funds research, delivers awareness programs, and supports patients and caregivers.

In April, Lavigne joined a team of Canadian artists – including Bieber, Geddy Lee of Rush, Bryan Adams, Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan and Buffy Sainte-Marie – to cover Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” on the show. TV special and live. Stronger Together, All Together, which raised funds for Food Banks Canada in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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