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Please note: When making your donation, if you could please select "Nan O'Brien and David Webb's Honeymoon Walk For Charity - A Million Steps With Love" as the intended Lyme Association recipient, we will be able to keep track of donations raised from our Honeymoon Walk to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation. Thank you!
ILADEF is devoted to enhancing the treatment and care of patients struggling with tick-borne disease. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the northern hemisphere, with an estimated hundreds of thousands of cases across Europe and North America each year. The effects of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses can be devastating and long-lasting. ILADS trains medical providers in evidence-backed medicine and expertise borne of treatment of thousands of patients with Lyme.
How To Make A Donation
Lyme Disease is a worldwide epidemic, according to the most conservative estimates. It is also greatly under-reported, due to a lack of knowledge/misconceptions about Lyme Disease within the medical community. If not properly diagnosed and treated, Chronic Lyme results.
Chronic Lyme, known as "the great imitator" for its ability to infect all body organs and mimic other diseases symptomatically (Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Psychiatric Disorders, to name but a few), continues to thrive in patients because the lack of a proper diagnosis leads to ineffective medical treatment.
Nan lived in Vermont for nine years, where many of her friends and clients suffered from Lyme. Their lives were severely and negatively impacted by the misdiagnosis and lack of proper treatment. Sometimes they struggled with daily pain, fatigue, and ongoing illness for years before a proper diagnosis, getting sicker and sicker, all the while being told by uninformed doctors that their physical symptoms were "in their heads."
It is our sincere hope that by selecting Lyme Disease and the educational efforts of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation ("ILADEF"), the non-profit arm of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society ("ILADS") as one of our five charities, that our Honeymoon Walk will shed much-needed public light on a hidden disease that many in the medical community continue to deny even exists, despite medical evidence that Chronic Lyme is not only real, it is one of the most debilitating diseases a person can battle.
The Impact Of Your Donation
Your tax-deductible donation will support the Lyme Fundamentals Course and Physician Training Program, which provides cutting edge best practices in patient care and one-on-one clinical mentorships for medical providers.
Why We Chose This Charity
"I had the distinct honor of attending the recent 21st Century Tick Born Disease Committee's inaugural meeting at Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. on December 11-12, 2017. There were stakeholders from all sides of the issue in attendance.
What I came away with was that there are a lot of people out there who are needlessly suffering because of a few powerful people who continue to deny the existence of the chronic form of tick-borne diseases.
It is imperative that we use all of our energy to dispel this myth. We at ILADS need to educate physicians with both the latest research and clinical practices so that the next generation of doctors will quickly and efficiently appropriately diagnose and treat the suffering patients.
The current denialist dogma cannot persist. We owe it to the patient community."
What This Charity Provides