My Worthy Cause of the Week: Creating A Life Worth Living

By on 4-19-2011 in Blog, News

My Worthy Cause of the Week: Creating A Life Worth Living

By: Alyssa Milano

For many of us, it’s hard to imagine what life would be like with a devastating and debilitating disease like Lymphatic Filariasis (LF). LF, also known as elephantiasis, is found in many tropical climates and is transmitted to humans through the bite of a mosquito- causing painful swelling of the limbs.

For a disease that so many people haven’t even heard of, it’s shocking to hear that it impacts over 120 million worldwide.

That’s 120 million people whose limbs are severely disfigured, making it difficult to walk. They aren’t able to work. Or take care of their families. Many are ostracized or even shunned by those in their communities. LF may not necessarily kill its victims, but it strips away dreams and perpetuates poverty.

Through my work as the founding Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, I learned about a project in India that helps over 23,000 people suffering from LF by teaching them how to treat and care for themselves, literally putting them back on their feet. The program also educates their families and the community about the disease making it less stigmatizing.

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.

That’s why, all this week, I’ve teamed up with Tonic, and the Global Network to ask all my fans to band together and contribute to this, the worthiest and most cost-effective cause we can imagine.

Please donate what you can, right here, right now.



  2. This merrits a very worthy cause. I will donate 10$ to this cause, because it is needed.. together we can make a difference… together, change is possible for all things needed not wanted. Together, together.

  3. I belive that we in America are so blests then other countries and we some times take it for granted I want to make a difference together with Alyssa and others lets stand together and help this wonderful people in India my contribution for this cause is $10.00 lets get together and help PEACE, LOVE AND LIGHT.

  4. Any one seen the film about the stolden girls in India, somthing like that, Winnona Ryder had a major part in the film ,,,

  5. You’d think I’d have better things to do ,

  6. Hope you make another show haven’t seen you on air in long time

  7. I will def. donate too. Great cause!

  8. At the request of a girl

    PLEASE, I beg you !!!!!!!
    Email this to everyone just went, much is required
    Do not ask for money … Just send only read and pass this message.
    Pascu ’21, a student of medicine, suffers from a rare form of leukemia (cancer
    blood): “My only hope is a bone marrow transplant. have no
    I hope to survive without a transplant.
    Cost of operations $ 55 000
    My family has collected $ 32 000
    The organization, which helps me to raise money, has entered into
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    I beg to let me live! Send a message only a few moments. For me, this is life! Or death?

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  9. Don’t forget the many women in the US who are affected by secondary lymphedema due to breast CA or those people affected by lymphedema due to venous problems. This is in our own country and insurance, at this point, doesn’t cover everything that is needed. There is a bill in congress now that needs to be passed. Go to lymphedema

  10. What i do not realize is in fact how you are not really much more well-appreciated than you might be now. You’re so intelligent. You know thus significantly in the case of this topic, made me for my part believe it from numerous various angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be involved unless it?s something to do with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs nice. Always handle it up!

  11. Thanks for the tips shared on your blog. Something else I would like to state is that weight-loss is not information on going on a dietary fad and trying to reduce as much weight as you can in a few days. The most effective way in losing weight is by taking it gradually and right after some basic recommendations which can provide help to make the most from the attempt to shed pounds. You may be aware and already be following most of these tips, although reinforcing knowledge never affects.

  12. Dear Alyssa,

    You seem like a genuinely sweet and lovely person, and I thank you for bringing attention to this cause.

    My mother has lymphoedema elephantiasis, and my sister and I inherited a diluted version: lipo-lymphoedema. It affects us in various ways, but the most obvious are with regard to our mobility and also how our bodies look different to other people’s (we have it in our arms too). Our family is currently being studied by a professor of medicine who is trying to isolate the gene that causes this – and variations of it – as a congenital condition. His work, and your focus on this charity, give me hope that people will one day look at my family and, instead of staring at us, will see a family who are trying to do their best with what they have been given.

    As a sidenote, I just wanted to add that your tweets always bring a smile to my face. :-)

    Thank-you, and Happy New Year! x


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