Bella Hadid and her younger brother Anwar have been suffering from Lyme disease for the last three years, their mom Yolanda Foster revealed in an emotional speech on Thursday night (October 8) in New York City.
The family, joined by Gigi Hadid, was in attendance at the Global Lyme Alliance’s gala, where Yolanda was honored for her work to fight the disease following her own diagnosis four years ago.
“When my two youngest children, Bella and Anwar, were diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in early 2012, watching my babies struggle in silence in order to support me in my journey, struck the deepest core of hopelessness inside of me,” Yolanda said.
“This award is for Anwar and Bella. This is my token and my promise to you that I will not allow you to live a life of pain and suffering. I will walk to the end of the earth to find a cure so that you can live a healthy life that you deserve,” Yolanda added (via People). “No child should suffer the way that you do … I thank you both for your extraordinary selflessness during this journey. Your unwavering love and compassion has kept me alive and fighting through the darkest days of my life.”