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Local Lyme Disease advocate earns national award

Apr 14, 2021
Pictured is Paula Jackson Jones, right, with Sen. Susan Collins in Washington D.C.

Paula Jackson Jones, president and co-founder of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education, is one of three recipients of the Lyme Innovation Award, presented by the Center for Lyme Action at its second annual Fly-In, held Feb. 24, via Zoom. The awards were given to public servants and private citizens who have worked to advance collaboration and innovation in Lyme disease. Advocates from around the country attended more than 200 meetings with senators, members of Congress, and their staff.

"I'm honored to have received such a distinguished award for my steadfast commitment to inspire others to work on solving the Lyme problem, my effective work with U.S. Senator Susan Collins to create new laws like the Kay Hagen TICK Act and my local leadership that has blossomed into a national network,” said Jackson-Jones. “Building bridges, having difficult conversations, standing tall in the face of adversity and publicly sharing my personal journey has allowed me the opportunities to make a difference in the lives of those afflicted by Lyme and tick-borne disease as well as forging relationships with those in state and federal agencies. It's an honor to share this award with such prestigious company. It's a real pleasure to work with change makers!"

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