Tick-Borne Disease Alliance Applauds Mets Hall of Famer Tom Seaver for Speaking Out About Lyme Disease

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Nine months into his struggle with Lyme Disease, Seaver shares story publicly for the first time.

The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness, supporting advocacy and promoting initiatives to find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, applauds the courage of New York Mets Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver for speaking out about his battle with severe Lyme Disease, a tick-borne disease that is part of a national epidemic. Seaver first shared news of his struggle publicly in the New York Daily News on Friday, March 15.

“Tom Seaver continues to show his greatness and courage off the field as he did as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history,” said David Roth, co-chairman of the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance. “Thousands suffer from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases around the country and are afraid to tell family, friends or co-workers about their suffering because of the stigma attached to these devastating diseases. Tom Seaver has demonstrated that being open about tick-borne diseases is the critical first step to raising awareness as well as government and public support for research to eradicate these terrible illnesses. Everyone at TBDA wishes Tom Seaver and his family well during his recovery from Lyme.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has singled out Lyme disease as the most common and fastest growing vector-borne, infectious disease in the country. When left untreated, or undertreated, victims of these diseases suffer extremely incapacitating illnesses that also cause significant preventable health care costs and reduced economic productivity. Further, victims of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases suffer in large part because there is currently no diagnostic tool that is even 60% reliable. Those infected often spend months, and in many cases years, searching to simply determine the cause of their illness. Some never find out – they just continue to suffer.

As part of its efforts, TBDA is embarking on a quest to develop a reliable diagnostic tool as a first step toward eradicating the diseases. Working with others in the tick-borne disease community nationwide, TBDA seeks to raise public awareness through education and to create a unified voice for advocacy regarding the silent epidemic of tick-borne diseases. TBDA will host its annual benefit on May 2, 2013 in New York City. For more information about TBDA, tick-borne diseases, including Lyme, as well as prevention and protection visit http://www.TBDAlliance.org.

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