I'd like to introduce you to Kevin Sherriff, a Canadian teacher who is battling Lyme disease. He lives in Whitby, Ontario. He has written about his struggle with Lyme on his fantastic blog, The Lyme Chronicles. I feel a bit of a connection to Kevin because I, too, am a teacher in Ontario, and I was diagnosed with Lyme disease by the same Lyme doctor that Kevin goes to. I know, understand, and have lived his struggles. Small world.
Now that Kevin's health has improved somewhat, he has decided to give back to others by creating a non-profit charitable foundation called lymeSAVERS whose mission it is to alleviate the financial burden of Lyme disease for Canadians needing treatment. Individuals would be helped by means of a bursary, which would allow them to seek treatment that is not offered in Canada.
If you are considering which organizations you might like to support by way of a financial donation, I thought I'd let you know about lymeSAVERS.
here. The evening before the walk, lymeSAVERS will host Dr. Ernie Murakami for an information session on Lyme disease. Click here for time and location.
Dr. Murakami is a very knowledgeable Lyme-literate medical doctor who has helped many Canadians. I had the pleasure of attending a seminar by Dr. Murakami last year. Check out his website, Dr. E. Murakami Centre for Lyme.
Thanks, Kevin, for doing such a great job helping other Lyme sufferers! This is precisely the kind of thing that we need to do to bring some sort of meaning and positive outcome out of our suffering.
I hope and pray that this horrendous Lyme situation in Canada will change one day, that the medical system will be properly informed and trained, that diagnosis will be quick, and treatment paid for by our public health insurance plan.
Until then, we need to continue to lobby, educate, and help. That is my intention in creating this blog, and Kevin's intention in creating lymeSAVERS.