Win a $100 Babies"R"Us Gift Card

And help a mama with Lyme Disease at the same time

My friend (and photographer), Cara, came to me the other day and told me about her friend, Amber.  Amber suffered with Lyme disease for over 7 years before being diagnosed.  In that time, she also had her three babies, Kyrie (7), Asher (5) and Jaimyn (3), who were all exposed to the disease during pregnancy and nursing.  Kyrie has already shown symptoms of the disease, but thankfully her two sons have not - yet.  This is a disease that can stay dormant until after puberty or until the immune system is challenged.

This June, Amber and Kyrie have the opportunity to travel to a treatment centre in the USA for treatment with a 75-80% cure rate.  They are also hoping to do some preventative treatments for their two young sons.

My friend, Cara, along with another friend, Sandra, have put together a fundraiser to help raise the $9000 needed for treatment.  Aside from a simple donation to Amber's GoFundMe page, you can also support the fundraiser by booking a photography "Mini Session" by Cara at Cafe Bebe (ideal for babies aged 6-10 months). 

To increase the exposure of this fundraising campaign, Cara has also put together a contest to win a $100 Babies"R"Us Gift Card.  This contest ends on May 29, 2015 and was sponsored by five local mamas and business owners, including myself, Organics Live, Patti with Arbonne, Caren with Thirty One and Alexandra with It Works.

Tips to Avoid Lyme Disease for You and Your Family

The best way to avoid Lyme Disease is prevention, and knowledge is key.  Check out these tips found on the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation's website (CanLyme): 

  • Always wear socks, pants and long sleeves when hiking through the woods, so ticks can't attach themselves to your skin
     
  • When walking single file on a hike with friends, take a quick glance at your friend's back and look for ticks.  If a tick is spotted, brush it off as quickly as possible.
     
  • After a hike in the woods, do a quick scan of your body for ticks and then have a shower using a facecloth and back scrubber.  Even if a tick attached itself to you, this one step may be enough to avoid infection.


f you find a tick that has attached itself to your skin:

 

  • There are three Tick Removal Methods listed on the CanLyme website with videos.  Check out the CanLyme website and watch the videos (near the bottom of the page) to educate yourself and then prepare yourself with the appropriate tools in advance before hiking.
     
  • Once a tick has been removed, make sure to wash the bite site with soap and water followed by an antiseptic.  
     
  • It's a great idea to keep the tick and bring it to your doctor for testing to see if it was carrying Lyme Disease.  It's easier to detect the disease in the tick than in a human.
  • If the tick is a Lyme-carrying species, immediately request antibiotics from your doctor.  

Ways you can help

1.    Make a donation to Amber and her family on her GoFundMe page.

2.    Book a photography "Mini Session" with Cara from Cafe Bebe.  Proceeds to help Amber and her family.

3.    Share the Facebook Contest (to win a $100 Babies"R"Us Gift Card) to help increase exposure of the fundraiser

4.    Make a donation to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation if you want to spread awareness, promote education and fund research of Lyme Disease

5.    Educate yourself on Lyme Disease