Read this Now!: The MA Lyme Commission Report on Lyme Disease was released on February 28th, 2013 after much struggle to do so. Thank you to the entire commission and the governor of MA for making this possible!
Become an Advocate for Awareness
Lyme Disease is an issue that effects everyone, even if it hasn't personally touched your life. You most certainly have either come into contact with or already know someone with Lyme disease or that has a loved one that does.
So often we hear about outbreaks and epidemics on the news, but these don't hit close to home and therefore don't register on the public radar. Lyme disease is a an ever-growing epidemic, with more annual cases reported than HIV/AIDS and West Nile Virus combined!! An epidemic that is in our backyards, playgrounds, on our sports fields and in our public parks. Lyme disease leaves no one without the risk of infection!!
It is for this reason the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires has opted to create the "Allies in Awareness" network. A mechanism for everyday individuals, whether effected by Lyme disease or not, to help make their communities better educated and more aware of the risks that tick-borne diseases pose to the public.
After reading the above information, one might wonder, "How do I join Allies in Awareness?". It's very simple, by visiting this site and being already willing to join, you have.
There are a few simple steps that one can take in their community and beyond to help make others more aware about tick-borne diseases:
1. By simply being knowledgeable of the basic information available about Lyme Disease and not just the information, that is both inaccurate and biased, provided by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, CDC and the National Institutes of Health.
2. By making available information about prevention methods, what to do if bitten and if infected.
Multiple printouts are available, including the three listed above, that can be used to help spread awareness. These printout's can be distributed throughout the community in such locations as the local library, doctor's offices, public meeting areas and more. Just by making this valuable information available to everyone you are making a huge difference!!
(You can also order up to 200 LDA brochures for
free, via the ordering section, link on provided page)
3. By attending and/or spreading the word about local tick-borne disease related events. Print out our flyers and distribute them where you live (Check the sidebar for a list of available flyers). Share on Facebook, Email, Blog and Twitter about local goings on to help attract a bigger audience and educate a larger portion of the community. Encourage others to do the same as well.
4. By becoming an advocate yourself. Sign petitions, take part in letter-writing campaigns such as Letters for Lyme and/or attend protests and rallies in support of those suffering from Lyme and it's associated diseases. Whatever level of interaction is comfortable for you.
There is a way of helping for everyone, every level of effort and available time. Just by educating one person you could be saving a life!!
If you are interested in helping out the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires to spread awareness in Berkshire County and the surrounding area, please email us at:
Volunteers and allies are always needed!!