Walking for a cure for Lyme Disease

Dozens walk for a cure for Lyme disease at MVCC.

Posted: May 19, 2019 7:20 PM

UTICA, N.Y- The rain briefly parted ways with the area Sunday afternoon. Just enough for the Walk for Lyme Disease to take place at MVCC.

The dozens that participated had the choice of either walking around the campus outside, or Indoors at the Jorgensen Center.

The walk went from noon to 3 pm, but walkers did not have to participate in the entire three hours. Refreshments were available in the lobby free of charge.

Volunteers from the walk hope that events like Sunday's go further with increasing awareness and education of Lyme Disease.

For a lot of people, they don't understand what it is people that don't have Lyme. So there's very little support compared to other diseases. It also mimics hundreds of other symptoms of other diseases so it's hard to diagnose," said Kathryn Lapaglia.

Many of the volunteers from the walk were victims of the disease themselves. They said that the support from the community was overwhelming.

"It's amazing because there are so many people with Lyme disease and people don't even realize it. And to get so much support and awareness out, it's going to help a lot of people," said Alyssa Graham.

According to volunteers, Lyme disease here in the Mohawk Valley is becoming an epidemic in the area because of ticks. They hope for continued support in the future to fight for a cure.

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