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2017-05-18 / Local News

May declared Lyme Disease Awareness Month


Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, left, presents a proclamation to Stephanie Szymanski declaring May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Erie County during an event May 11. Szymanski, who suffers from Lyme disease, was joined by her parent, Kenneth, and Juliet and Maggie Schaefer, far left, who also spoke during the ceremony. Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, left, presents a proclamation to Stephanie Szymanski declaring May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Erie County during an event May 11. Szymanski, who suffers from Lyme disease, was joined by her parent, Kenneth, and Juliet and Maggie Schaefer, far left, who also spoke during the ceremony. Erie County leaders, along with Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, recently recognized May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in an effort to educate and protect the community.

“By declaring Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Erie County, we are supporting efforts to educate the public and promote resources that are helping the many families who deal with this disease daily,” said Lorigo.

“Our region has a high risk of Lyme disease, and the Legislature is proud to be involved in raising awareness and informing residents about ways to prevent and treat this life-changing disease,” he said.

He also thanked Marilla resident Stephanie Szymanski, who with the help of her parents, Juliet and Kenneth, shared her story about living with Lyme disease.

“This helps in our effort to raise awareness in our community about Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses,” Juliet Szymanski said. “Our hope is to either have a future without Lyme disease and tick borne illness, or acknowledgement that Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses are in Western New York. We want to make a difference and open the eyes of doctors so chronic Lyme patients don’t have to suffer.”

To learn more about Lyme WNY, visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LymeWNY. The County’s Health Department also provides information on its website at www2.erie.gov/health and searching “Ticks & Lyme Disease” or “Stop Ticks.”

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