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A message from Steve Gotschi, owner of DryHome Roofing & Siding and founder of FinishLyme (formerly Loudoun Lyme 5k/10k/1k):

In August 2007, a family member began complaining about her hands and arms becoming numb and tingly while driving. We thought it would subside, but we were wrong…

In just one year, she saw 6 doctors, had 2 surgeries, went to the ER several times and dozens of tests were conducted. No one knew what was wrong with her. She had a negative Lyme test and was told she had fibromyalgia and anxiety. After asking to be retested for Lyme the results showed a “low positive” and we were told this “will be gone in no time with a few months of antibiotics.” The healing never happened.

Twelve years later, countless doctors and numerous medications/treatments, she is still battling chronic Lyme disease and has been treated for co-infections Bartonella and Babesia. This illness has completely disabled her. Regrettably, had she received appropriate treatment at the on-set of the illness, there is a good chance that today she would be leading a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.

I have heard similar stories from friends and customers, as Lyme disease is an epidemic in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. This disease is devastating on the patient and their families. That’s why I founded the FinishLyme 5K/1k run/walk to raise funds so that others will not have to suffer a similar fate.

I have chosen NatCapLyme as the recipient of the run’s proceeds. I have complete confidence in their stewardship of the funds, and I wholeheartedly support the projects they implement. I have seen firsthand how wisely they invest the money in pioneering research, public awareness campaigns, federal and local legislation, and prevention education.

I hope with your help and through our efforts, we can raise money to bring about significant changes in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and tick-borne diseases.