Music Festival for Lyme Disease Awareness Coming to Jacksonville, FL
Lyme in the South Music Fest, a concert & festival dedicated to Lyme disease awareness, will kick off at River City Brewing Co. in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, May 17.
The music line-up features Pat DiNizio, frontman of the Smithereens, famous for such hits as "Girl Like You," "Blood & Roses," "Behind the Wall of Sleep” and "Only a Memory." Pat will be playing acoustic versions of these songs as well as tunes from his solo releases. The Music Fest will also feature Houston-native Alisa Turner who will be playing her breakout hit "Breathing" about her own struggles with Lyme Disease. Rounding out the bill is Gregg Kirk of The Zen Engines who will be playing acoustic versions of his band's material, all inspired by his healing journey through Lyme Disease.
Speakers include Katina Makris (Lyme activist & author of "Out of the Woods"), Dr. Kerry Clark (a University of North Florida professor of epidemiology and environmental health who has published ground-breaking studies confirming Lyme in the South), and Lyme-literate physician Dr. Shirley Hartman.
Proceeds from Lyme in the South Music Fest will support the research initiativesof Dr. Kerry Clark, the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), a national organization dedicated to raising awareness, supporting research and promoting advocacy to find a cure for tick-borne diseases, and to the FLDA (FKA Northeast Florida Lyme Association)
Ticked Off Music Fest, an organization dedicated to driving funding and awareness to Lyme and tick-borne diseases through a series of music festivals, and FLDA have collaborated to bring awareness of Lymein the southern United States through this event. Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are the fastest growing infectious diseases in the country. Those suffering from Lyme Disease in the South face significant challenges in getting properly diagnosed with Lyme due to tests that do not cover strains found in southern states, surveillance practices, and poor awareness about the risk of Lyme outside of the Northeast.
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