Dr. Rick Sponaugle Helps Lyme Walk Niagara raise $12,800 towards Lyme Treatment & ResearchFriday, July 1st, 2016
Dr. Rick Sponaugle Helps Lyme Walk Niagara raise $12,800 towards Lyme Treatment & Research
Dr. Sponaugle has dedicated his career to helping patients that have tried hundreds of unsuccessful treatments to help ease the pain of the symptoms and side effects associated with Lyme Disease. His volunteer work with events like Lyme Walk Niagara allows him the opportunity to see the results of his success in the faces of his patients.
The 2nd Annual Lyme Walk Niagara in Welland was a great success! With beautiful weather and over 300 participants, the event was able to raise a grand total of $12,800.
“We were so pleased with the turnout. It never ceases to amaze me how strong and supportive the Lyme community is,” said organizer Mauryah Burattini. “I know that together, we will make a difference.”
Rosanna Magnotta from the G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector-Borne Diseases was also in attendance, all funds raised go to this foundation. She provided a sense of hope that change is coming to Canada with the opening of Canada’s first research facility for Lyme Disease and eventually other Vector-Borne diseases located at the Humber River Hospital in Toronto.
“I enjoyed meeting other Lyme Disease fighters, along with their families, and being able to share my journey with them,” walk organizer Alisha Lemay said. “I hope that my story will bring them courage, hope and strength during their fight against Lyme Disease.”
A highlight of the day was a presentation given by Dr. Rick Sponaugle, Medical Director of Sponaugle Wellness Institute in Florida. Dr. Sponaugle specializes in neurological Lyme disease. He has assisted seven Canadian Lyme patients in coming out of their wheel chairs. Using before and after PET brain scans, Dr. Sponaugle taught the audience of Lyme warriors how Lyme spirochetes attack different brain regions causing tremors in some patients and paralysis in others.
“Optimizing Brain function in chronic Lyme patients is the key to our success. Recent research in neuroscience has clearly proven that the brain runs our immune system – as it does all other body systems,” Dr. Sponaugle said. “No brain function equals no immune function. You cannot conquer Lyme disease with antibiotics unless your immune ‘kill power’ is restored to a level God intended.”
Both Lemay and Burattini spoke very highly of Dr. Sponaugle’s participation in the event.
“Both Mauryah and I were honored to have Dr. Sponaugle sponsor our event and serve as our keynote speaker,” Lemay said. “We were both patients of his and are thankful that he was able to come to Canada and educate our community in the Niagara Region with his knowledge about neurological Lyme disease.”
Burattini said; “I had the pleasure of speaking with many Lyme walk participants who were present for Dr. Sponaugle’s interactive workshop. I was happy to hear how much they enjoyed his presentation. I think they were amazed with his knowledge and impressed with his approach to treating Lyme Disease.”
Source – Lyme Walk Niagara press release. Photos supplied by Lyme Walk Niagara.Tags: lyme disease treatment, lyme research, lyme walk, philanthropy