'Tick Me Off' 5K run/walk for Chronic Lyme Disease Oct. 27
Belfast — The annual 5-kilometer run/walk, to benefit and support Eric Harvey and Mainelyme.org, will be on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. The race will begin and end at The Captain Albert Stevens School in Belfast.
Participants can run or walk independently or with a stroller and child or with a dog on a leash. Tricycles are allowed for those ages 5 and younger, however, other bikes are not allowed.
Prizes from area merchants will go to the top female/male and age-group winners. T-shirts available to the first 300 participants.
The entry fee is $25, except $10 for children ages 6-9. Donations are welcomed for the cause.
Food, catered by Bell The Cat, will be provided for runners. The guest speaker will be Dr. Deb Moskowitz of Camden Whole Health. Harvey also will speak at the event.
This year, money will go to MaineLyme Nonprofit Organization and to Harvey and his family.
"There are others in need of help," said Tara Wagner, co-director of the race with Amanda Larrabee-Wetherington. "With this annual family race we hope to help someone different every year struggling with chronic lyme as well as bring increasing awareness to the disease."
Chronic lyme disease is an unrecognized epidemic in Maine and other states. Lyme affects people differently, and is most often misdiagnosed.
"With this fundraiser, we hope to raise awareness and to help victims such as Eric Harvey, with this debilitating chronic disease," Wagner said. "Eric has been battling lyme disease for six years now. Because the lyme went undetected for so long, it entered his brain affecting his central nervous system. Due to the lesions on his brain, as they multiply, he suffers from many debilitating symptoms. The disease has now triggered multiple sclerosis, which he recently has been diagnosed with. All the while, Eric has maintained a positive attitude and has remained hopeful."