KICKOFF EVENT: Ally Hilfiger & Surviving Chronic Lyme Disease

Students with chronic health conditions represent the second largest disability population at UConn. In an effort to increase awareness of invisible disabilities, the CSD will kick off their 50th anniversary celebration through a keynote and panel discussion with Ally Hilfiger about chronic Lyme disease.

“Ally was at a breaking point when she woke up in a psych ward at the age of 18. She could not put a sentence together, let alone take a shower, eat a meal, or pick up a phone. What had gone wrong? In recent years, she had produced a feature film, a popular reality show for a major network, and had acted in an off-Broadway play. But now, Ally was pushed to a psychotic break after struggling since she was seven years old with physical symptoms that no doctor could explain; everything from joint pain, to night sweats, memory loss, nausea, and brain fog. A doctor in the psych ward was finally able to give her the answers her and her family had desperately been searching for, and the diagnosis that all the previous doctors had missed. She learned that she had Lyme disease-and finally had a breakthrough.”

Ally Hilfiger is an artist, designer, and the daughter of fashion mogul and entrepreneur Tommy Hilfiger. She created, produced, and starred in Rich Girls for MTV, spearheaded the women’s clothing line NAHM, and sits on the board of the Global Lyme Alliance and Project Lyme. In 2016 Ally wrote her memoir, “BITE ME” How Lyme disease stole her childhood, almost killed me, and made me crazy. In the book, she documents her life long battle with chronic Lyme disease. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Steve Hash and daughter Harley.

Book signing and autographs will be available at 4:15 outside the theatre.

Date and Time:

September 12, 2017


Student Union Theatre

Contact Katie Halbruner for additional information at or 860-486-2020

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Parents Fund