Lyme Disease ChallengeThe "Take a Bite Out of Lyme Disease" Challenge kicks off March 1st, 2015. This challenge is both fun AND important. Ready to join in? Great! Grab a lime and get ready...
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Past EventsOn May 17, 2014, Texas Lyme patient Jeremy Wade competed in Ironman Texas in the Woodlands to raise money for TXLDA. Jeremy signed up for this event and then was blindsided by Lyme disease. Misdiagnosed by several doctors, he eventually learned he had Lyme and is now well enough to compete. You can support him by donating on his Ironman fundraising page. Except for a small percentage, which goes to the webhost, most of the funds raised in these kinds of events do end up with the intended charity. We are grateful to Jeremy for dedicating his drive and strength to help other Lyme patients.
On March 2, 2013, TXLDA hosted its first walk/run at Discovery Green in Houston. Despite cold weather, runners and walkers came out to run or walk 10k, 5k, and 1k tracks to raise awareness for Lyme. Teena Rae Helms and her band came from Brenham to entertain the crowd, and Dr. Jonathan Forester came from Louisiana to cheer on the troops. TXLDA sold Lyme green T-shirts and handed out educational material. Some walkers organized themselves into teams to honor their patients in their families, created their own T-shirts and set up their own booths.
Our run/walk made money for TXLDA and our partners at Tick-Borne Disease Alliance in New York. We would like to thank all the people that helped put on such a huge event. We thank them for all the support they gave us, as well as our walk sponsors: Walgreens; Eclipse Wellness; Randalls; Sun & Ski; BEECO Motors & Controls; Whole Earth Provision Co.; Benefit Concepts, Inc.; Insect Shield; Independent Cattlemens Association; Propensity Computing, Inc.; Liaison Resources L.P.; GSL Welcome Group; Alexander's Fine Portrait Design, and Long Film Studio.
Past GalasOur first annual Give Lyme the Boot fundraiser on May 10, 2012 at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston was an unqualified success! Our Keynote Speaker was a man who is legendary among Lyme patients, Dr. Charles Ray Jones of Connecticut, who has treated more than 15,000 children for Lyme disease, including children from every state in the U.S., every province in Canada, and every continent. Dr. Jones illustrated his talk with examples of Texas children he has treated whose symptoms included those usually attributed to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and OCD, but caused by Lyme.
On the evening before, May 9, Dr. Jones joined his colleague, Dr. Daniel Cameron of New York, past-president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, at a dinner meeting for local physicians, hosted by Dr. Byron Holt of Houston, as part of the first TXLDA effort to bring physician training about tick-borne diseases to Texas.
At the luncheon we presented the following awards:
Charles Ray Jones, MD, for his loving care of children and pioneering work in Lyme disease.
Daniel Cameron, MD, for his compassionate care of Texas patients and pioneering work in Lyme disease.
Jonathan Forester, MD, for his compassionate care of Texas patients with Lyme disease.
Due to the generosity of our underwriters and attendees, we exceeded our fundraising goal. Please see our List of Sponsors. That money is already being put to good use, with the majority budgeted to bring Continuing Medical Education courses to Texas. A first round of courses has been planned for Houston, Dallas, and Austin with more to follow. Some money will go towards sending Texas doctors who wish to be educated in the treatment of tick-borne diseases to study under the mentorship of members of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society(ILADS) and to take accredited courses at the ILADS conference. We have budgeted money for our first awareness walk in Houston on March 2, 2013 (please visit our Sign-Up page), and we will reprint our educational brochure to be disseminated through willing partners throughout the state.
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