“Vampire Diaries” actress Candice Accola has put her blood sucking ways to good use and teamed up with the fashion line, Show Me Your Mumu, to create a one-of-a-kind tunic that will each be sold throughout the month of May to raise money and awareness for Lyme Disease.

The lime green, tribal print tunic dress will be sold through the www.ShowMeYourMumu.com website for $80 during the month of May (originally $98), as it is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. More than 50% of the proceeds from each sale will go to the Turn the Corner Foundation, an international leader in the field of education and awareness of Lyme and tick-borne diseases, for which Candice is the celebrity spokesperson.

“I am beyond excited to bring awareness to a disease that many people know so little about. A disease that has taken away a lifetime of opportunities from my friend, Teri Raser,” Accola says. “Lyme disease is real. If misdiagnosed or left untreated, what starts as a simple tick bite can strip away any control you have over your own body. Teri has always had an eye for fashion, which is why I couldn’t think of a better way to honor her strength than by supporting the efforts of Turn the Corner, with a little help from my friends at Show Me Your Mumu.”

Best known for her role as Caroline Forbes, the high school queen bee turned vampire in the CW’s hit series, “The Vampire Diaries,” Candice became personally connected with Lyme after a childhood friend became debilitated by the disease. As she watched her vivacious friend lose her health, Candice was determined to help shed light and awareness and sought out Turn the Corner Foundation to learn how she could help.

She then teamed up with Cammy Hebert and Cologne Schmidt, creators of the clothing line “Show Me Your Mumu,” a reimagining of the classic mumu, and created a one-of-a-kind tunic in a tribal print they found that embodied the fashion trends of today with Candice’s youthful energy and voila!

The BIRD Tunic, named by Teri for her family nickname, the garment is available for purchase beginning May 1st at www.showmeyourmumu.com.

In addition, she also created a Crowd Rise page to raise money for the foundation and asks that for her 24th birthday on May 13th, fans and well wishers make a donation in lieu of presents. Visit the page here.

For more information on Turn the Corner, visit www.turnthecorner.org.

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