“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Yolanda Foster is determined to find cure for her two children’s Lyme Disease.
In her speech as she accepted an award during the Global Lyme Alliance Inaugural Gala in New York City on Thursday, the 51-year-old reality star shared that the recognition was actually for her 16-year-old son Anwar and 18-year-old daughter Bella, reported Mail Online .
“This award is for Anwar and Bella,” she said. “This is my token and my promise to you that I will not allow you to live a life of pain and suffering.”
Yolanda Foster revealed that the two siblings of Gigi Hadid were diagnosed of Lyme Disease in 2012.
“I will walk to the end of the earth to find a cure so that you can live a healthy life that you deserve,” the mother of three added. “No child should suffer the way that you do.”
She continued by expressing her gratitude to Anwar and Bella for their “extraordinary selflessness during this journey.”
“Your unwavering love and compassion has kept me alive and fighting through the darkest days of my life,” she pointed out.
In an interview with People , Dr. Raphael Kellman, the founder of the Kellman Center for Integrative and Functional Medicine, explained that Lyme Disease, which hit Yolanda Foster’s family, is not acquired genetically.
“It’s not uncommon that a few members of a family have Lyme disease,” he stated. “But it’s not genetic, it’s because they share the same environment.”
The medical expert further said, “A major cause could be imbalances in the billions of gut bacteria that we call the microbiome, those bacteria that are inside of our gut that outnumber us 10 to one and keep us healthy.”
In the meantime, 20-year-old model Gigi Hadid got emotional when asked about her family by Entertainment Tonight .
“I’m the only one in, of my siblings, my mom and my family that hasn’t been affected by Lyme disease,” she narrated. “It’s been really hard for me because I’m the only one that doesn’t really understand it.”
The eldest daughter of Yolanda Foster added that the hardest part for her about her family’s Lyme Disease battle “is just trying to find a way to be their hope and kind of be a strength for them even with the disease that I can’t understand fully because I haven’t been through it.”