As she continues to battle Lyme disease, Yolanda Hadid has lost a dear friend to another horrific illness. Late Tuesday, Hadid, 52, posted a throwback photo with her friend, Ellie O’Connell, to Instagram.
“R.I.P and fly with the Angels my love @ellieod Thank you for 16 great years and showing me the meaning of true and loyal friendship until your last breath,” she captioned the photo of the pair in the woods. “You are my hero and will live in my heart forever...... #ALSWarrior#MyBestFriend.”
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Prior to her friend’s death, Hadid met with O’Connell, who was battling ALS. At the time, her friend was forced to wear a breathing tube.
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; I love you my beautiful angel @ellieod .......You are my hero, my best friend and a shining light to all battling #ALS #Girlfriends#Blessings #Life,” Hadid captioned the picture.
Back in March, Hadid asked her fans to help fund O’Connell’s treatment. The donations reached $77,400 of the group’s $150,000 goal.
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“TBT Happy times before the ALS tragedy took over my sweet Ellie, my Hero and my Best Friend,” Hadid wrote. “Please help me raise funds for her care. Donations small/big are appreciated or just your WORDS of KINDNESS, support and encouragement will make each day a better one for her. #ALS #Friends911 #TheFightForLife @ellieod #PeopleUnite.”
Hadid herself is still battling Lyme disease. Last week she posted a photo from her hospital bed, writing, “I am seeking, I am striving and I am in it to win it with all of my heart… #LymeDiseaseAwareness #TvamSurgery #LastChapter #SearchingForACure #RemissionInSight.”