Texas Lyme Disease Association (TXLDA) and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (tbda) Host ‘GIVE LYME THE BOOT’ Walk/Run IN HOUSTON on March 2nd
Funds Raised Will Help Educate Texans About the Risk of Contracting Tick-Borne Diseases, Including Lyme
Houston, Texas (February 2013): To educate the public about the threat posed by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in Texas, theTexas Lyme Disease Association (TXLDA), with support from the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness, supporting initiatives, and promoting advocacy to find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, will hostGive Lyme the Boot on March 2 at Discovery Green in Houston. Funds raised through the run/walk, which includes a 5K run, a 10K run and a 1.5 mile walk, will help increase awareness about the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases in Texas and support initiatives to eradicate tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has singled out Lyme disease as the most common and fastest growing vector-borne, infectious disease in the country, but many Texans and Texas medical professionals are unaware of the risks posed by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in their state. Since 2002, the CDC has reported 783 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Texas, but the number of those infected is likely to be dramatically higher because there is no reliable test to diagnose the disease. As a result, many sufferers are never aware they are infected.
“Many Texans falsely believe they are not at risk of contracting Lyme or other tick-borne diseases in this state, but I know otherwise,” said Debra McGregor, TXLDA Vice President for Education, whose fourteen-year-old son, Reed McGregor was bitten by multiple ticks on a Boy Scouting trip in June of 2009.
Reed suffered with multiple systemic neurological issues and was unable to attend school, but his mother could not find a physician in Houston who could help her son. After second opinions in New York City and Louisiana, she was finally able to find a doctor out of state who specialized in Lyme and tick-borne diseases, and after three years of suffering, Reed is now symptom free.
“Once my son received a proper diagnosis, we were finally able to get him the treatment he needed to return to his old self,” Debra McGregor continued. “All of us walking on March 2nd aim to make it known that tick-borne diseases do affect Texans. By building awareness of the risk, we hope to help all Texans understand the serious risk of contracting tick-borne diseases and encourage them to take steps to protect themselves from ticks whenever they spend time outdoors.”
“To eradicate tick-borne diseases we must all work together,” said David Roth, Co-Chairman of TBDA. “We believe it’s essential for the tick-borne disease community around the country to unite and speak with one voice in order to eventually eradicate these terrible diseases. Walks around the country like Give Lyme the Boot provide local communities with a tangible opportunity to join the fight, and we’re excited to support TXLDA in this effort.”
Onsite registration for Give Lyme the Boot will begin at 6 a.m. on March 2. The 5K and 10K runs start at 7:30 a.m., and the 1.5 mile walk begins at 8 a.m. The day will also include a musical performance from vocalist, song writer and recording artist Tena Rae Helm as well as fun activities for families and children. For more information on the event, visithttp://www.firstgiving.com/tbdatxlda/Give-Lyme-The-Boot-Houston.
TBDA supports volunteers across the country in their efforts to plan events to raise funds for research in the fight against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. With TBDA’s support, runs/walks have been held in New York, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Illinois and New Jersey. To host a walk in your community, visithttp://tbdalliance.org/walks/.
About the Texas Lyme Disease Association (TXLDA)
The Texas Lyme Disease Association, Inc., (TXLDA) was formed for the purpose of preventing tick-borne diseases in Texas and improving the healthcare of people with tick-borne diseases through education, advocacy, support, and research. The service area of the TXLDA is the geographic boundaries of the State of Texas and adjoining states.
About the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance
The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness, promoting advocacy and supporting initiatives to find a cure for tick-borne diseases, including Lyme. As part of its efforts, TBDA is embarking on a quest to develop a reliable diagnostic tool as a first step toward eradicating the diseases. Working with others in the tick-borne disease community nationwide, TBDA seeks to raise public awareness through education and create a unified voice for advocacy regarding the current epidemic in order to make a real difference. More information about TBDA, Lyme and tick-borne diseases, and prevention and protection can be found athttp://www.TBDAlliance.org.