Mission: To Raise Awareness about Lyme Disease in Minnesota and to Raise Funds for Research to Improve Testing and Treatments
What Does That Really Mean?
It means that we will be Making Noise, Raising Awareness, and Raising Funds through events, media, social media, and meeting with politicians and other noise makers until every person in the state of Minnesota knows all of the important facts about ticks and tick borne diseases, so that they can take steps to prevent getting them and will immediately recognize the symptoms if they do contract them. Until there is proper, reliable testing available through every doctor’s office in Minnesota, until every doctor in Minnesota (in every specialty area) will recognize the many symptoms their patients are presenting that could indicate a tick borne disease, and until there are proper laws and regulations in place to ensure those effected with tick borne diseases can receive treatment and the insurance coverage they need in order to heal...we will be Making Noise!
In June, 2015 Lyme Awareness Founder Holly Zelinsky started noticing her first symptoms. Pain in the bones and joints in her hands. On July 31, 2015 it hit her entire body. Every bone in her body hurt to the slightest touch. She was unable to work, drive a car, stand in the shower, or cut her own food. Added symptoms throughout her body included muscle spasms, skin conditions, inability to retain nutrients, burst blood vessels, loss of balance, memory loss, and many others too numerous to list. A very long story made as short as possible, after 13 months and 17 doctors (Mayo Clinic, U of MN, etc.) she was finally diagnosed with and began treatment for Lyme Disease, Bartonella, and Babesia in August, 2016.
Holly is NOT an avid outdoors woman. In fact she is quite the opposite. She does not go on long walks in the woods. The majority of her time outdoors consists of walking to the mailbox across her short Twin Cities suburb yard and sitting on her deck. She is not at a cabin every weekend from May to October. On the rare occasion she does visit a friend’s cabin, you can find her on a boat, inside the cabin, or on a deck or dock (not in the grass). Yet, she contracted this awful disease - proving the very true fact that - if she can get tick borne diseases – it can happen to anyone.
Holly is a wife, mom of four beautiful grown “kids”, and a busy business owner. The business she started in 2002 is in the event management industry and is primarily a speaker agency. She is certain that part of the reason this happened to her is because her business experience combined with her lifelong unrelenting sense of “if you have an idea, you should DO IT”. She has the ability and passion to MAKE NOISE to raise much needed Awareness and Funds to fight Lyme Disease.
How Can You Help?
“Like” and “Follow” us on all Social Media. Comment, Share, Forward and Retweet our information so that all of your contacts get the valuable information they need in order to prevent tick borne diseases and will recognize the many various symptoms they may have if they are effected - so they can get treated as soon as possible.
Participate in our Events
Attend - and if you can’t attend physically, participate virtually. Visit this site frequently to learn about upcoming events so you can Save The Dates in your busy calendar!
Until we become a 501c3, all of our fundraisers will be run through organizations who can give you receipts for your donations. These organizations will be focused on the same mission as we are – Raising Awareness and Funding Important Research toward reliable testing and successful treatments.