‘Take a bite out of Lyme Disease’ challenge raising money, awareness

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GRAND RAPIDS. Mich. -- Hoping to piggyback off the huge success of last year's "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," a new social media challenge is tackling the debilitating effects of Lyme disease.

It's called the "Take a Bite Out of Lyme Disease" challenge.  If you're challenged, you're asked to state one fact about Lyme disease, eat a lime, challenge three other friends, and donate $10.

If you choose not to eat the sour fruit, you're asked to donate $100 to Lyme disease awareness and train doctors on treating patients.

Lyme disease is most often contracted through a tick bite, and every year 300,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States.  Because it's so difficult to diagnose, its symptoms and side effects are often disguised as ALS, MS, arthritis, and many other debilitating diseases.

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  • Jessie D

    Thank you so very very much for posting this. Hundreds of thousands of us crippled and dying and there is so little known and much misconception about it. Thank you so much for helping us raise much needed awareness.

  • Jill Post

    Thank you Derek & gang for spreading awareness. I truly didn’t want to be on camera but I’m glad it worked out & I did. If Derek had called & asked me to do it the day before, I physically could not have. This is a debilitating disease that without treatment will a patient will continue to deteriorate. It tears apart lives, pulls families apart & leaves patients financially struggling. Many Lyme Literate doctors do not participate in insurance. They can not be limited by insurance companies dictating the treatment patients can receive or can’t. Thank you Fox 17 for picking up the story. My Lyme community is forever grateful! Reminder to protect & check for ticks this spring & summer!

  • Kim Mathews

    My daughter had the symptoms of Lyme disease joint pains in all of her joints and the doctor would not test for it and I finally DEMANDED he test for it … and yes she did have it … luckily it wasn’t for long but when she was taking the antibiotics she was in so much pain due to the die off of the spirochete. So Lyme disease is a terrible thing to have.

  • Melody

    I had 5 year exposure to Lyme. I couldn’t walk because it caused brain damage. It disrupted my school for an entire year, me being in the hospital getting treated and all. (I am only a preteen). No one thinks about Lyme but it interrupted my life and still affects me now