What Can You Do For Lyme Disease Awareness Month
May 1st marks the start of Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme patients, activists and educators take action to spread awareness and information on how to prevent Lyme and tick-borne diseases. There are a number of things you can do to take part too.
You could create a fundraising event
If you are a Facebook user, there’s a great tool for creating fundraising events. Many people decide that their birthdays are a good time to raise some money for charity and Facebook can help you do that.
Meredith and Lillian, a mother and daughter duo, celebrated their birthdays this year by raising money for LymeDisease.org. They did this by using a new fundraising feature on Facebook. Here’s a sampling of people who have raised money for us since Facebook started this program a few months ago. (You can see more by going to our Facebook page and clicking on “Fundraisers.”)
Of course, you can be as creative as you like when creating a fundraising event, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be through Facebook. However, social media is a great way to spread awareness. You could organize a sponsored walk or run if you want to stick to something traditional as a fundraiser, but why not use some imagination.
You could watch the award-winning documentary “Under Our Skin”
Watching a documentary means that in a small space of time during viewing, you can learn a whole lot of information about Lyme disease. This “Oscar-shortlisted film has changed the landscape of the Lyme epidemic, bringing unprecedented awareness in an engaging and accessible way.” You can find out more about it here.
You could put pen to paper
If you like to write, you could put your skills to good use and write up a Press Release to submit to your local newspaper or community magazine. Lyme disease is spreading fast, so the more information we can get out there, we increase our chances in being able to protect ourselves and identify risks.
Ticks and the diseases they carry are spreading so quickly across the United States — likely driven by climate change — that the government is having trouble keeping up with the data. In the past most cases of Lyme disease, the country’s most common tick-borne illness, occurred in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Upper Midwest states. But a recent report issued by lab-testing company Quest Diagnostics reveals the disease has dramatically expanded its range. According to the report, Lyme disease has now been found in all 50 states.
Where can you find more information?
You can find some really useful resources that can help you with planning your Lyme disease awareness event, including educational DVDs, posters and charts.
This is such an important topic, that surprisingly still doesn’t have the awareness that it should. Ask yourself, what could you do to contribute to your community to help raise Lyme disease awareness? Tell us what you’re doing for this worthwhile cause on our Facebook page.