Lyme Events

TLCJoin us for a memorable evening that will raise funds to benefit research and education for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. The evening will feature cuisine by several of New York City’s finest restaurants, a variety of spirits, exciting live and silent auctions and an elaborate sweepstakes.

HONORING DANIEL CAMERON, MD,  MPH 2009 Humanitarian Award

ANN F CORSON, MD 2009 Physicians Training Program Impact Award

PETER HILF 2009 Vision of Hope Award

Peter Alexander, NBC News Correspondent Emcee

Thursday, November 5, 2009 6:00PM – 10:00PM

The Edison Ballroom 240 West 47th Street New York City

Advance ticket: $200 (by November 3, 2009) Ticket at the door: $250 (if available) VIP Ticket: $350 (includes name listing in the event program and invitation to private VIP reception) Business Attire For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Arienne Orozco at

TURN THE CORNER FOUNDATION 2009 COURAGE AWARDS Lyme disease masquerades many different chronic illnesses. Thousands of people are misdiagnosed with arthritis, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s disease. Turn the Corner is proud to present the 2009 Turn the Corner Courage Awards to several individuals who have bravely fought against this devastating disease:

Thomas Balsamo, Monica S. Bolesta, PhD, Doug Fearn Toren, Gordon Kutnick, Richard E. LaMotta, Judy Landis Setting, Gail Sheffer, Gail Urbach

Executive Board Staci Grodin President Charles P. Balducci Vice President Stephanie W. Spar Vice President of Program Development Richard Grodin Treasurer Alyssa Sokoloff Secretary Board Anthony Addison Michael P. Beach Faythe Goldman Matt Jacobs Nan Kurzman Danny Lirtzman Lisa Gitnik Maloul Lorrie Nadel Edward G. O’Connell Daniel Pine Stephen Soleymani Advisory Board Kenny Dichter Nancy Fitzsimmons Damon Giglio Jesse Itzler Eric S. Kratz Brooke Landau Leo J. Shea III , Ph.D. Gary Sommers

Medical Advisory Board Gregory Paul Bach, DO, FAAIM Sabra M. Bellowin, MD Kenneth A. Bock, MD Stephen J. Bock, MD Joseph J. Burrascano JR., MD Robert C. Bransfield, MD, FAPA Daniel Cameron, MD, MPH Ingeborg S. Dziedzic, MD Andrea Gaito, MD Nick S. Harris, Ph.D., ABMCI Richard Horowitz, MD Joseph G. Jemsek, MD, FACP Charles Ray Jones, MD Alan B. MacDonald, MD Jeffrey A. Morrison, MD, CNS Stephen E. Phillips, MD Bernard D. Raxlen, MD Virginia T. Sherr, MD Gerald T. Simons, PA-C Harold A. Smith, MD

Gala Committee Faythe Goldman Chairperson Virginia Anez Cathy Balsamo Lauren Borish Janet Brand Cameron Buzzeo Ali & Michael Cammeyer Dolores Claesson Ann Patricia Coleman Cesar Diaz Dana L. Evans Sari & Steve Feinberg Laura Field Alexander Field Mara Heppen Merrilee Hesterfer-Diaz Allie Hill Carolyn Joseph Nicole Kalish Katherine Kane Heather Levine Myriam Munoz Daniel Paris Jeana Payne Barbara Perry Staton Rabin Sharon Richter, MS, RD, CDN Chad Rose Melissa Roth Kathy Rucker Barbara Shelton Alexandra Spar Renee Vallone Alexis Weber



KIM’S NOTES:  I plan on attending the November 8th, 2PM show.  Please come and bring ten of your friends!  We need to fill every seat! //Kim


WEBWIRE – Monday, October 26, 2009
Contact Information
Monique Dubos
Event manager
Minnesota Lyme Action Support Group

Minnesota Film Arts is proud to present the Lyme disease documentary “Under Our Skin,” co-sponsored by the Minnesota Lyme Action Support Group. Show days and times are: November 8, 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm, and November 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Oak Street Cinema, 309 Oak St in Minneapolis. The Event is Part of an Effort to Pass Legislation to Allow Patients to Choose Long-term Lyme Disease Antibiotic Therapy

The screenings are part of an effort to raise awareness and help pass Minnesota Senate bill SF1631, which will allow patients with Lyme disease other tick-borne diseases and their doctors– not insurance companies – to decide what treatment protocol to follow.

Jordan Fisher Smith, who tells his own harrowing story in the film, will emcee the Nov 8 and 9 showings. State legislators Ray Vandeveer and John Ward will talk briefly about the legislation before the shows on Nov 8. Dr. Elizabeth Maloney, MLASG medical consultant, will be on hand for questions after all screenings. Jordan Fisher Smith and Dr. Maloney will be available to media 45 minutes before show times, or by appointment.

Lyme disease is a complex disease with complicated issues surrounding it. Here are some of the basics:

* Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the United States. Minnesota ranks 8th, with 1,282 cases reported in 2008.
* The CDC estimates the number to be ten times that, making LD bigger than West Nile and Avian flu combined.
* 1 in 3 deer ticks in Minnesota carry the Lyme bacteria, according to the MN Dept of Health.
* Lyme cases have spiked 450% in Minnesota from 1998 – 2008.
* Tests for LD are highly inaccurate and result in false negatives; insurance companies then use these results to deny care.
* Patients are often denied much-needed antibiotic treatment by doctors who are misinformed about the disease or fear reprisal from state medical boards.
* Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, told that their symptoms are “all in their head.”

“Under Our Skin” follows patients and physicians as they battle for their lives and livelihoods, bringing into focus a haunting picture of our health care system and its inability to cope with a silent terror under our skin.

The Minnesota Lyme Action Support Group is a non-profit organization working toward increased awareness and prevention of Lyme disease, as well as much-needed research into the causes and complications of tick-borne diseases.

The Minnesota Lyme Action Support Group also provides educational opportunities for physicians, advocacy for patients, information on tick-borne diseases, and support to those infected with Lyme disease.

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“Lyme on the Brain” at the Superior Library with Tom Grier.  September 14, 2009 6:30PM

Grier will present a free program, it will include a special slide show presentation showing the ability of the Lyme bacterium to enter the brain and the long term consequences of Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease. Mr. Grier is a microbiologist, and executive director of MIBDEC (Minnesota Insect-Born Disease Education Council). Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Superior Library.