I am riding to raise money for Chronic Lyme Disease research. This horrible disease has affected and debilated far too many people that I love and care about. In my own immediate family 4 out of 5 of us (including our dog, Brady) have had it. Endless neighbors have developed the horrible symptoms including never ending fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain, memory issues, etc. While this problem may seem like one specific to New England, there have been cases reported in every state in the U.S. And many cases go undiagnosed due to inaccurate testing, leading countless patients to suffer without knowing the cause. There simply isn't enough known about this horrible disease.
I have personally had family members who have been diagnosed from Texas to Indiana. And the more global warming continues, the worse the problem with the tick population and their spread of disease is going to get.
I am not normally one to ask others for money and don't feel comfortable doing so. But this is a cause that definitely needs our help. There simply isn't enough known about this horrible disease. And it could affect any one of us at any time. Lyme disease is contracted from a simple tick bite, that could be picked up in your own back yard. And once contracted, it can often go undiagnosed due to inaccurate testing. Blood tests currently check for 4 of the 100 strains in the U.S., while there are over 300 worldwide. There also needs to be a better understanding of how to treat these infections, so millions of people don't continue to suffer endlessly.
The work being done at the Dean Center is addressing these issues. They are approaching Lyme disease in a way that is necessary and critical to the future of understanding this disease. I would be truly grateful if you could make a donation of any size to help better understand this horrible disease. Thank you so much for your support!
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