GREENWICH, Conn. -- Television news anchor Gretchen Carlson, who will be the emcee for the Global Lyme Alliance's annual Greenwich Gala, knows first-hand the challenges of the disease: She was diagnosed with it in 2013.
The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich on Saturday, April 1.
“I had a bull’s-eye rash, but was told I didn’t have Lyme disease,” Carlson said. “However after I experienced fever, horrendous headaches, night sweats and unbelievable exhaustion I went to another doctor, went through tests, and was successfully treated.
"But, sadly, each year hundreds of thousands of people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and are often told their symptoms are all in their head. I’m looking forward to emceeing GLA’s Gala and learning more about the research being conducted to find answers to this tick-borne disease.”
Some other prominent celebrities who have agreed to serve as Honorary Event Chairs are Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Alexander; Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen; women’s basketball superstar/Olympian Elena Delle Donne; Olympian Donna deVarona; meteorologist Dr. Bill Evans; actress Marla Maples; best-selling author Jay McInerney; actress Parker Posey; Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver; and best-selling author Rebecca Wells.
In addition, singer-songwriter Marina Morgan will receive GLA’s Star Light Award at the Gala. Morgan’s debut single, “Paralyzed” was inspired by her battle with Lyme disease.
Event Chairs are Robyn Carpenter, Heather Glass, Amy Tambini and Tara Vessels.
For more information, or to purchase tables or tickets, visit GLA.org/ctgala or call 203-969-1333.