Lucy Hale Is Helping Fight a Deadly Disease

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Lucy Hale is trying to make a difference when it comes to raising awareness about a particular life-threating disease.

The Pretty Little Liars star is helping educate teens about meningococcal meningitis, according to People, which reported the life-threating bacterial infection is spread from person to person through respiratory and throat secretions (like kissing or living in close quarters). It can kill a patient in one day, and young people "are the most vulnerable."

"I'm very aware of who supports me and who my fan base is, and that's teens," Lucy told the mag. "Teens are the ones that are at risk here. Oftentimes, I don't get to lend my voice to something that can change a life. Although it's a rare disease, it's one too many. It's always one too many."

Lucy teamed up with Voices of Meningitis for its "Boost the Volume" campaign, which challenges select high school a capella groups around the country to sing a mash-up of "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors and "Good Life" by One Republic. The best group will perform the medley with Lucy.

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"The whole foundation of all of this is spreading awareness about meningococcal meningitis, and I think we can really make a difference here," Lucy continued. "I'm just overjoyed that I get to be the person that gets to talk and sing about it."

Lucy recently posted a shot of herself posing with meningococcal meningitis survivor Jamie Schanbaum, who had to have her legs and most of her fingers amputated after she was stricken with the disease at the age of 20 while she was in college at the University of Texas at Austin.

"Jamie Schanbaum and Sally Schoussler are two women I completely admire and have been so happy to get to know over the past few days. Intelligent, strong, kind women who are using their voices for good. #boostthebooster," she captioned the shot.

Jamie's family helped pass a state law requiring Texas college students to be vaccinated, and she travels the country sharing her story. The spread of meningococcal meningitis can be prevented with meningococcal vaccines.

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