WNBA star Elena Delle Donne has announced that she will serve as the first national ambassador to help promote awareness of Lyme Disease. Delle Donne, who has dealt with the bacterial disease since 2008 has been very open and public about her battle with Lyme Disease, and is proud to stand at the forefront of bringing awareness to help find a cure.
“It’s really special because Lyme disease has become a part of my life now,” said Delle Donne. “I learned that I’ll wake up every day and deal with it. There are good days and bad days. If I can be a voice and reach out to people and make them aware of the disease it will help.”
Lyme disease is often transmitted through the bites of infected deer ticks, and symptoms include fever, headache and fatigue. Since her diagnosis in 2008 she missed 18 games while playing at the University of Delaware and 17 games while playing for the Chicago Sky this season. It is a cause that is near and dear to her heart, and through her platform being a professional athlete she hopes to help others also dealing with the disease.
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