Bite Back for a Cure Bike Ride Fights Tick Borne Diseases

Summer on the East End means many things, but unfortunately, not all of them good. To that end, the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), Southampton Hospital and East End Tick & Mosquito Control (214 North Sea Road in Southampton, tickcontrol.com) have partnered 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 disease, will stop in Southampton. “When I heard this amazing campaign was going to be passing through East End Tick & Mosquito Control’s backyard, I knew we had to do whatever we could to help out,” East End Tick & Mosquito Control owner Brian Kelly said.

Recognized by the Lyme Disease Foundation, East End Tick & Mosquito Control is a member/sponsor of Empire State Lyme Disease Association and Time for Lyme.

Together, this alliance and the upcoming Bite Back for a Cure bike ride is a major first step in raising the funds necessary to create and sustain a Center for Tick Borne Diseases at Southampton Hospital.

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. 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.

The day 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 (32 Windmill Lane). The race will begin at 9:30 a.m. Click here to register. Bike rentals will also be available.

To learn more about Bite Back for a Cure and how to get involved, visit bitebackforacure.org. To learn more about Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases, visit tbdalliance.org.

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