MaineLyme needs your vote
To the Editor:
As many of you know, for the last eight years (thanks to Jon) we have been “consumed by Lyme.”
More recently, I’ve joined a group that has been involved in developing a non-profit organization whose heart and sole is Lyme. Our board of directors represent the entire State of Maine and for obvious reasons we are now known as MaineLyme.
Our mission -- through awareness, prevention, education and advocacy -- has been and will continue to be decreasing the prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness in the State of Maine. In addition, MaineLyme is dedicated to providing support to those afflicted by this devastating disease.
Over the years, as the number of Lyme Disease cases continue to increase statewide (900-plus last year), we are finding that the need for education is becoming more pronounced and the women involved with MaineLyme are in greater demand. In the past, each of us has been able to personally “fund” our educational expenditures. Nowadays, as the number of “events” are increasing, it is becoming more difficult to do so.
By forming a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, we now have the opportunities to receive grants that would fund our “grass roots organization”.
We are pleased and proud to announce that the Dixfield Branch of Bangor Savings Bank has nominated MaineLyme for their Western Region Community Matters More campaign.
Statewide, there will be three $5,000 winners. When the voting stops and the ballots are counted on March 6th. We would like to be one of the winners; doing a “fist pump”
In order to be chosen as a winner in the Western Region, MaineLyme needs your vote. All residents of the state are eligible to vote (they do not accept out of state zips). There are no age limits; children can “have a voice.” Bangor Savings Bank allows one person, one ballot (you cannot vote multiple times).
When casting votes online each and every individual in your family can vote once; filling out individual ballots from the same E-mail address. The Western Region votes are found at the bottom of the ballot scroll down to find MaineLyme.
Ask your grandparents, parents, sisters, brothers, children, facebook friends and neighbors to join in the voting process. If you know of someone who’s battling this disease, you know of the pain, suffering and frustration that accompanies Lyme. Help us educate, so the numbers will decrease.
Look for MaineLymes’ link on Facebook at http://ww.facebook.com/events/360869397273207/
Learn more about us. Visit our website at www.MaineLyme.org. You may also cast a vote at any Bangor Savings Bank Statewide
Thank you for your support and vote.