August 15, 2013
The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA)
and Southampton Hospital are joining forces to fight tick-borne diseases. On
Sunday, August 25, Bite
Back for a Cure, TBDA’s
national grassroots campaign to build support for the fight against the
devastating impact of tick-borne diseases, will stop in Southampton, NY. Led by
24-year-old Lyme sufferer and cyclist John Donnally, Bite Back for a Cure, which includes a cross-country bike ride and
interactive digital components, will
raise awareness and galvanize local support for TBDA’s mission to fund research
and educate the public about the silent epidemic of tick-borne diseases.
Bite Back for a Cure: Southampton will begin with an eight-mile bike ride through the
historic village of Southampton. Riders of all ages are invited to participate. Registration is $30 per person and $60 per family.
Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. at Rotations Bicycle Center. The race will begin
at 9:30 a.m. Bike rentals will also be available.
“TBDA is thrilled to launch Bite Back For A Cure, which will help us build momentum on a
national scale and reach local communities throughout the country to fight what
has become a truly national health epidemic,” said Staci Grodin, TBDA president.
“The collaboration of the Tick-Borne
Disease Alliance with Southampton Hospital is a timely and important initiative
that will be of value to people throughout the East End. This is a major first
step in raising the funds necessary to create and sustain a Center for Tick Borne
Diseases at Southampton Hospital,” said Melanie Wambold, a long standing
volunteer and supporter of the hospital where her husband, John, serves as a
member of its Board of Directors.
A former Colgate lacrosse player, Donnally was diagnosed
with Lyme disease in 2003 and again in 2011. His personal passion is fueled by
the fact that others in his family also suffer with Lyme disease. During
Bite Back for a Cure: Southampton,
Donnally will meet with others affected by tick-borne diseases. These inspirational
interviews will be documented on BiteBackForACure.org.
“By 2020, it’s expected that
there will be over 600,000 new cases of Lyme disease every year, and one in
five of these patients will likely suffer with long-term symptoms – just like
me and my family,” said Donnally. “Through my trip across America,
I want to raise awareness and build support to defeat these debilitating
diseases. Together we will make a difference.”
In September, Donnally will
lead rides in Albany, NY, Syracuse, NY and South Wales, PA.
In addition to the cross-country bike
tour, Bike Back for a Cure also
includes an interactive online campaign led by Candice Accola, star of the hit
television series The Vampire Diaries. Over
time, the online campaign will accumulate a national “video quilt” of
individual photos and statements from those affected by tick-borne diseases.
This “video quilt” will be sent to state and federal legislators, encouraging
them to support Lyme-disease legislation. To view Accola’s PSA that she filmed
for TBDA earlier this year, click here.
“The online campaign is another crucial
element of Bite Back for a Cure, and
I encourage everyone in Southampton to bring
signs and take photos so we can put an end to this national health crisis,”
To register for Bite Back for a Cure: Southampton,
To learn more about Bite Back for a Cure and how you can get involved, visit BiteBackForACure.org.
information about the health crisis posed by Lyme and other tick-borne
diseases, visit TBDAlliance.org.
Brittnie Mabry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-490-6446
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