Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) April 09, 2013
Yolanda Foster, one of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” brought herself to tears Saturday night during a moving and powerful speech at Lyme Research Alliance’s (LRA) “Time for Lyme” Gala, as she eloquently recounted how Lyme disease led her to “some of the darkest days of my life.”
Foster told the audience at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, where she received LRA’s Star Light Award, that Lyme disease had so severely affected her before she was finally diagnosed and treated, that she went from being “the tough cookie that I am” to “a shell of the woman I used to be.”
“I was unable to read, process information, write, or do anything as simple as watch TV. I honestly stared at the ceiling for so many months that I still remember every light bulb in it,” the former Dutch model told 550 guests at the event, which raised close to $1 million with donations still coming in. Fighting back tears, Foster said she only found the strength to “fight this lonely battle” for her children, and her husband, Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster.
Months after extensive and debilitating treatments, and still without a clean bill of health, Foster says she now feels a responsibility to “represent all my fellow Lymies.” She said: “We must speak up for those who cannot be heard. We must restore hope for those who have given up.”
Dressed in a stunning blue lace dress, Foster was greeted with prolonged applause when she said that although Americans live in an “extraordinary country with the best doctors in the world...the truth is we don’t have proper diagnostic testing for Lyme, and there is no defined treatment protocol or cure for someone with the disease.”
She urged the crowd—which included Corporate Chairs Craig and Deborah Cogut, Honorary Event Chairs Tommy Hilfiger, Thalia and Tommy Mottola, Donna deVarona, and Emcee Ira Joe Fisher—to support LRA’s eff
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