I am riding to raise money for Chronic Lyme Disease research. As many of you know, our son Jack has suffered from the horrible effects of Lyme Disease for the last 5 years. He spent several months in a wheelchair due to dibiltating leg pain and an additional 2 years in bed for the most part due to grueling non-stop migraines. He was unable to read, focus, remember or leave bed for the majority of that time. He lost 35 lbs, his skin looked grey and his lips turned blue. His head pain made it impossible to go to school or even be part of our family and come down for dinner. He suffered horribly. However, thanks to a doctor who gave him a non-stop dose of antibiotics and the guidance of the Dean Center, I am happy to report that he is signficantly better. But Jack is one of the lucky ones. Many people with chronic Lyme don't ever fully recover. The suffering can go on endlessly and be completely debilitating.
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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