Bite Back for A Cure Walk/Run

Orna Grand, event organizer for the TBDA, presents senator Richard Blumenthal with a t-shirt and jacket from the TBDA.

Bailey Ethier, Web Opinions Editor

The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA) held its fifth annual Bite Back For a Cure Walk/Run on April 7 at Sherwood Island State Park in order to raise awareness and funds for research for Lyme and other Tick-Borne disease.

The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA) held its fifth annual Bite Back For a Cure Walk/Run on April 7 at Sherwood Island State Park in order to raise awareness and funds for research for Lyme and other Tick-Borne disease.

“[Lyme Disease] is pernicious and prevalent and affects literally thousands of people in Conn. and millions around the country,” United States senator Richard Blumentha saidl. “It’s an epidemic that we need to counter.”

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is attracted by a tick bite. It can cause joint, heart, memory, and nerve problems. Symptoms of the disease include chills, fatigue and joint pain.

Including online donations, the event raised $30,286 for the TBDA.

Orna Grand, the event organizer for the TBDA, contracted chronic lyme disease in 2002 and thanked Blumenthal “for conveying the urgent need for a strong national initiative to combat lyme disease.”

Before participants ran in either a 5k or 10k, Michelle Pauker ’13 sang the national anthem and fitness instructor Perry Moody led the runners in stretches.

The 5k was won by Linsey Russo with a time of 20:42, while Elizabeth Campbell won the 10k with a time of 35:43.

Several Staples students volunteered at the event.

15 Staples students who are members of the Service League of Boys (SLOBS) volunteered at the event.

Aaron Linker ’15 believes it is important to find a cure for Lyme Disease and volunteered by directing runners around the course.

“The disease can happen to anyone,” Linker said . “Ticks will also be a problem and if we can solve one problem that they cause, then it is a step in the right direction.”

Blumenthal and others are optimistic regarding finding a cure for lyme disease. “We will win against lyme,” Blumenthal said.

“[Lyme Disease] is pernicious and prevalent and affects literally thousands of people in Connexticut and millions around the country,” said U.S. Sen Richard Blumenthal. “It’s an epidemic that we need to counter.”

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is attracted by a tick bite. It can cause joint, heart, memory, and nerve problems. Symptoms of the disease include chills, fatigue and joint pain.

Including online donations, the event raised $30,286 for the TBDA.

Orna Grand, the event organizer for the TBDA, contracted chronic lyme disease in 2002 and thanked Blumenthal “for conveying the urgent need for a strong national initiative to combat lyme disease.”

Before participants ran in either a 5k or 10k, Michelle Pauker ’13 sang the national anthem and fitness instructor Perry Moody led the runners in stretches.

The 5k was won by Linsey Russo with a time of 20:42, while Elizabeth Campbell won the 10k with a time of 35:43.

Several Staples students volunteered at the event.

15 Staples students who are members of the Service League of Boys (SLOBS) volunteered at the event.

Aaron Linker ’15 believes it is important to find a cure for Lyme Disease and volunteered by directing runners around the course.

“The disease can happen to anyone,” Linker said . “Ticks will also be a problem and if we can solve one problem that they cause, then it is a step in the right direction.”

Blumenthal and others are optimistic regarding finding a cure for lyme disease. “We will win against lyme,” Blumenthal said.