Avril Lavigne, Lyme Disease, Campaign

Robb Dipple

Avril Lavigne has taken it upon herself to raise funds and awareness about an illness that has affected her personally.

The singer has teamed up with Prizeo, a digital fundraising platform, to launch a global campaign to benefit those who are also struggling with Lyme Disease.

The 5-week campaign kicked off yesterday, Avril's birthday, and supports the Avril Lavigne Foundation's work with children and young adults who have the tick-borne illness.

Once the campaign ends on Nov. 9, a grand prize winner will be randomly selected to spend time with Avril and have a speaking role in Charming, the animated film featuring the celeb as the voice of Snow White.

"I'm excited that this year's campaign is supporting people with Lyme disease and helping others to better understand the issue," Lavigne said in a statement. "My fans are always so supportive and ready to give back; I look forward to coming together for an issue that's so close to me."

Avril Lavigne, Instagram


The 30-year-old has been very open about her ongoing battle to beat the disease.

Just recently, Avril shared a few photos from the doctor's office on Instagram as an update for fans about her ongoing journey to recovery. "On my way to good health #TakingCareOfMyself #FuckLymeDisease," Lavigne wrote with a photo that showed 13 vials of her blood (eek!).

Lavigne also shared another snapshot of herself waiting to get checked up by the doctor, with the caption, "This journey continues ..... Just reach up, don't give up until you've touch the sky ..... We were all meant to fly .... #DrOfficePhotoShoot @Hurley @amusesociety."

After staying away from the spotlight for months, Lavigne resurfaced in April to reveal that she was battling the tick-borne illness.

"I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed," she recalled, adding that she'd felt lethargic and lightheaded for a while. "My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know."

Shortly after, Lavigne was diagnosed with a severe case of Lyme disease. "I had no idea a bug bite could do this," she says. "I was bedridden for five months."

The "Girlfriend" singer believes a tick bit her sometime in the spring of 2014.

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