Professional freeskier Angeli VanLaanen is considered to be one of the top women freeskiers in the world. She is a regular at high-profile competitions such as the Winter X Games, and has been featured in various photo shoots and publications, including the cover of Skiing Magazine’s November 2011 issue. While she has seen a number of successes in her action sports career, most would be surprised to learn that the young skier has done so while simultaneously battling Lyme disease. The athlete has suffered from the illness for over 15 years, but was only properly diagnosed in 2010. As a result, she has decided to take a step back from her professional skiing career in order to focus on getting healthy.
Recently, VanLaanen has taken to social fundraising website Kickstarter to promote her new project, “LymeLight“. The non-profit documentary project seeks to become an inspirational story for any individual that has ever fought to overcome chronic ailments and physical limitations. Through this film, VanLaanen hopes to deliver a message stressing the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle on a daily basis.
“The most powerful solution to a problem is action. In sharing my story around the world, I will shed light on living with Lyme disease and help create a supportive environment for those battling this illness. With understanding comes compassion, and having compassion from those around us inspires personal strength. I want to empower others to be strong through hard times.” Angeli VanLaanen
The project has a little less than a month to secure funding of $18,000. As with most Kickstarter projects, there are a number of fundraising levels available for donors to choose between. Each level provides the donor with a special gift to further compliment the knowledge that they are making someone’s dreams come true.
Definitely worth checking out!