Avril Lavigne Returns to the Stage at the Special Olympics in Her First Performance Since Revealing Lyme Disease Battle

Avril Lavigne Performs at Special Olympics Opening Ceremony
Avril Lavigne performs at the Special Olympics World Games
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07/26/2015 AT 06:15 PM EDT

Avril Lavigne gave her first public performance in more than a year on Saturday, singing during the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old, who's been publicly battling Lyme Disease since being diagnosed in 2014, debuted her newest single "Fly."

"Honored to have performed my song Fly at the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics tonight," wrote the singer on Instagram, sharing a photo of herself singing in an embellished black Alice + Olivia gown.

The games, which were kicked off by a speech from First Lady Michelle Obama, bring together thousands of intellectually disabled athletes to compete in 25 sports.



"This was a very beautiful night for me," Lavigne wrote of her performance at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. "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."

Lavigne said that she wrote the new track to "encourage people who are facing challenges, to encourage strength and to empower."



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Lavigne's illness left her bedridden for five months, and forced her to step away from work for a period she called the "worst time of [her] life."

"I'm a very private person," she previously told PEOPLE. "But I can't just sit here and do nothing. I want to help people, and the first thing is bringing more awareness to Lyme disease … People don't really talk about the disease, and help can be minuscule."
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