20 April 2011

Alyssa Milano campaigns for fight against tropical disease

Vegetarian actress Alyssa Milano is never afraid to front a cause, from UNICEF to PETA the 38-year-old star is definitely the "Boss" when it comes to raising money for charity.

Now the pregnant—congratulations by the way—performer is assisting the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases in its effort to help treat and care for those suffering from Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) also known as elephantiasis. LF is a disease caused by thread-like parasitic filarial worms that leaves its victims horribly disfigured and debilitated. The malady affects nearly 120 million people in 80 countries.

Unfortunately the LF program supported by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is in need of $75,000, pronto.

On the “positive action” website Tonic.com, Milano makes a plea to support the cause:
There is no cure for people whose limbs have already been impacted by the disease, but there are cost effective, proven interventions that can prevent transmission and alleviate the severity of the disease in those who are already infected.

However, to keep the program alive it needs a major funding boost of $75,000. When you think about it, $75,000 isn’t very expensive — only about $3.25 per person, per year — a small amount of money can make a huge impact.

At last check $2,375 has been raised with 6 days and approximately 10 hours left on the countdown clock.

To donate visit here.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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