Avril Lavigne made her first major public appearance after opening up about her battle with Lyme disease in 2014 as she returned to the stage for the first time in over a year at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25.
Dressed in an embellished black Alice + Olivia gown, the 30-year-old Canadian singer performed “Fly,” the empowerment anthem she wrote especially for the Special Olympics, as the Olympic torch was passed from athlete to athlete before it lit up the main cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
On her Instagram, Lavigne said that she was “honored” to take part at the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics.
Honored to have performed my song Fly at the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics tonight. All proceeds go to support the Special Olympics. This was a very beautiful night for me. Congratulations to all the athletes. Thank you to everyone who supports the Avril Lavigne Foundation. It has been a difficult year fighting through Lyme Disease for me and I am so happy to have made it on stage tonight for the first performance in a year. Thank you for having me and please enjoy my song Fly. I wrote this song to encourage people who are facing challenges, to encourage strength and to empower. Xoxo
Watch her moving performance below: