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LymeBuddies partners with Thompson’s Orchard of New Gloucester to put on the 3rd Annual Lyme-Aid Music Festival

Posted Aug. 27, 2013, at 8:16 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:53 p.m.

Portland, ME – (August 22, 2013) – With this week’s announcement by the CDC that Lyme Disease is much more prevalent than reported, in an effort to continue to raise awareness about the disease, LymeBuddies are please to announce the 3rd Annual Lyme-Aid Music Festival.

LymeBuddies (www.lymebuddies.com) offers support to those who are affected by Lyme Disease, and to raise awareness about this illness, have worked with Thompson’s Orchard and several local musicians to create Lyme-Aid.

Experts predict that there will continue to be major increases in Lyme Disease in New England. Milder winters, early nymph tick activity and the increase in the rodent population all add up to increased exposure to Borrelia Burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease. Early symptoms of Lyme Disease include flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, fatigue, muscle and joint aches that make day-to-day functions such as going to work, looking after a family or doing regular housework very difficult and sometimes impossible.

LymeBuddies co-founder Amie Levasseur, the mastermind behind the music festival, says “When people get diagnosed with a serious illness they usually get a lot of information, resources and follow up from their medical providers. With Lyme Disease, patients are often told they will be cured with a short round of antibiotics. But for those who miss early diagnosis and treatment, symptoms are much more aggressive and long term and patients end up feeling scared and alone looking for answers. We want to help bridge that gap. We aim to help guide people through prevention, education, advocacy, awareness and most importantly hope.”

“It’s important for the community to come together at an event like this to discuss how best to prevent Lyme Disease,“ said Angela Coulombe, of LymeBuddies. “We need to pass on information about the disease to help people avoid becoming sick and to support those battling the disease everyday. It’s also nice to use a festival-type event to involve more people and wonderful to have so many people volunteer their time and talents.”

The lineup includes:

The Grumps

Justin Lindsay

Brian Patricks

Jeff Kilton

Regina Lucchese

Builder of The House

Lincoln Continental

Elroy Saint

There will also be vendors, kid’s activities, food, carriage rides, apple picking and an artisan/farmers market.

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic to enjoy great local Maine talent while helping to raise awareness of Lyme Disease!

Lyme-Aid Details:

Sunday, September 15, 2013, 10am – 6pm, 276 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260

About LymeBuddies: LymeBuddies was started by two Maine Moms who have both struggled with advanced Lyme Disease. We seek to provide information and support for Lyme Disease and other tick borne illnesses. Please visit www.lymebuddies.com for more info.

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