The Law & Order TV star partners with Global Lyme Alliance(GLA)to fundraise for the Leading Lyme disease research nonprofit.
Chris Meloni lent his support to this year’s #GivingTuesday, the globally recognized day of giving back and raising awareness of the impact of Lyme disease and the role of the Global Lyme Alliance (GLA). Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) is the leading nonprofit dedicated to curing Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through innovative research, awareness, and empowering the patient voice. GLA has gained national prominence for funding some of the most urgent and promising research in the field of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
We support patients around the globe through our patient
support programs and those needing information about tick-borne diseases. Meloni recently attended the GLA Global Gala in support of the nonprofit’s 7th annual event which raised over $1.85 million this past October at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.
The money raised at the gala and on Giving Tuesday supports the GLA’s mission to advance scientific research leading to a reliable diagnostic test, improved treatment options, and, ultimately, find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. For #GivingTuesday Chris posted a video in support of the nonprofit as a starting point to encourage fundraising on behalf of those suffering from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Some key facts which Chris references in his video included;
- Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the US.
- According to the CDC, approximately half a million people in the US are diagnosed with Lyme each year, which is a 59% jump from the previous CDC estimate.
- Public funding for Lyme is far below that of less common diseases. While Lyme is one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases in the US, research for it is extremely underfunded.
- There are more cases of Lyme every year than HIV/Aids, West Nile virus, and Malaria combined, yet it receives less than 2% of funding for West Nile and 0.2% of funding for HIV/Aids.
Link to The Chris Meloni Video on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3OIZoNe
Donate to Global Lyme Alliance (GLA): www.gla.org/donate