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Westport Walk

Runners and walkers gathered from nearby towns of Westport, New Canaan, Weston, Ridgefield and others to participate in the Sixth AnnualTBDA Run/Walk to Fight Tick-Borne diseases on April 6, at Sherwood Island State Park.

David McCuiston, 22 years old, from NYC: first place in the Men's 5K with a time of 19:05

Katherine Grijns, 38 years old, from Westport, first place in the Women's 5K with a finishing time of 24:25

Ed Finnigan, 48 years old, from Fairfield, CT first place in the Men's 10k with a time of 38:12

Claire Campbell, 15 years old, from New Canaan, CT first place in the Women's 10K with a time of 47:41

Senator Richard Blumenthal came out to show his support and encourage the Lyme Community

TBDA staff


From left to right:Gayle Weinstein (First Selectwoman of Weston), Senator Blumenthal, Orna Grand (Westport walk/run organizer), Jim Marpe (First Selectman from Westport)

Jodi Nass

Orna Grand

Staci Grodin

Race results are available here:

Bite Back for a Cure

Bite Back for a Cure is TBDA's national campaign to raise awareness for Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Join the campaign and help send a message to Washington in 3 easy steps: Join Now!

This fall, we're biting back. John Donnally, a 24-year-old Lyme sufferer and cyclist, has kicked off Bite Back for a Cure’s cross-country bike tour with a series of rides throughout the Northeast this summer to meet the Lyme community and rally support. Follow John's journey and help build awareness!

Today is your chance to be heard. The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance is providing the ability for you to write a “letter” to your local, state and federal policy makers. Just follow the instructions to send a letter pre-written by TBDA.

Events Benefiting TBDA

Bite Back for a Cure

 More rides coming soon!

Past Benefits


Bite Back for a Cure: Central NY Ride and Community Event
Saturday, September 14th
Chittenango, NY
Donate to the event.

Bite Back for a Cure: Southampton Ride and Community Event
Sunday, August 18th
Southampton, NY
View a recap of the event.

Bite Back for a Cure
: Martha's Vineyard Ride and Community Event
Sunday, August 25th
Martha's Vineyard, MA
View a recap of the event.

2013 TBDA Benefit Gala
The 2013 TBDA Benefit Gala was held on May 2nd on Pier 60, Chelsea Piers with Candice Accola of the Vampire Diaries serving as the MC.
Humanitarian Award: Norma Russo
Courage Award: Lori Brownell and Meghan Harrison
To view the event photo album, click here.
To view the evite, click here. 

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Celebrating the launch of our new organization, the 2012 TBDA Benefit Gala was held on May 16th at a special space at 229 West 43rd Street. With WNBC's Jim Rosenfield serving as this year's MC, the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance raised more than $1.1 million for our cause, and we were proud to announce the launch of the TBDA Diagnostic X Prize. Please visit our Gala E-Journal to learn more about the fantastic sponsors that made this evening possible.

Honorees: Staci Grodin, TBDA President & David Roth, TBDA Co-Chair and Founder

Courage Awards: Brandon Allen, Jason Lipsett, Zachary Opperman, Katie Robinson


The Fifth Annual Unmask a Cure Gala was held on November 3, 2010, at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. We were honored to have Peter Alexander of NBC News join us as Master of Ceremonies, along with Special Guest, 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines.

Humanitarian Award:   Gerald T. Simons, PA-C
Co-Chairs:   Joseph Burrascano, Jr., MD and Jay McInerney
Courage Awards:   Ben Ahrens, Duane Buoniello, Mark Conese, Adam Harrison, Patrick Olah, Teri Raser, Susan Wolfson

Damon Giglio Foundation, LIMU, NBC Universal, Blu Frog, Conese Foundation, Judy & Joseph Setting, Christine & Patrick Beach, LDI Color Toolbox, New York Tick Control, Town & Country Compounding and Consultation


The Fourth Annual Gala to Unmask a Cure was held on November 5, 2009, at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. The exciting evening featured a live and silent auction, delicious cuisine provided by several of New York City's finest restaurants, and music.  The event raised over $400,000 for the Foundation.
Humanitarian Award:   Daniel Cameron, MD, MPH
Physician Training Program Impact Award:   Ann Corson, MD
Vision of Hope Award:   Peter Hilf

Courage Awards:   Thomas Balsamo, Monica S. Bolesta,PhD, Doug Fearn, Toren Gordon Kutnick, Richard E. Lamotta, Judy Landis Setting, Gail Sheffer, Gail Urbach

Goldman Sachs, Newmark Knight Frank, Damon Giglio Foundation, The Kutnick Foundation, MacDonald Family Foundation, Marquis Jet, New York Tick Control, Gillis MacGil Addison, Christine & Patrick Beach, Conese Foundation, Miller Tabak, Judy & Joseph Setting, The Spar Family, LDI Color Toolbox

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Our Third Annual Unmask a Cure Fundraising Gala was held on November 13, 2008, at Gotham Hall in New York City. Award-winning comedy writer Alan Zweibel was a special guest at the gala, and live music was provided by the Subscribers.

Cuisine was provided by Barna, Cook With Class, España, Gabriela’s, 21 Prince, Planet Thailand 212, STK, Thalassa, and Victor’s Café.Spirits were provided by Ketel One, Lucid and Voyant Chai.

Honorees:   Bernard D. Raxlen, MD, Lyme-literate physician and Andy Abraham Wilson, Producer/Director of Under Our Skin
Event Chairpersons:    Karen Kissling, Kris Newby, Steven C. Rodger, Leo J. Shea III, Ph.D. and Alyssa Sokoloff
Courage Awards:    Alicia Brawn, Cydney Chase, Kathy Fowler, Michele Matthews, Jordan Fisher Smith, Sheila Statlander, Ph.D. and Lindsay Zweibel

Damon Giglio Foundation, Newmark Knight Frank, Open Eye Pictures, Citi Smith Barney, Goldman Sachs, David & Cindy Reichenbaum, The Spar Family, Marion & Carl Wolf, Patrick & Christine Beach, Marquis Jet, Francis R. May, Miller Tabak, Starker Family Foundation, Karen Kissling/YogaKids, New York Private Bank & Trust, New York Tick Control and Quadrum Capital.

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Turn the Corner's Second Annual Unmask a Cure Gala was held on November 1, 2007 at Guastavino’s in Manhattan. Over 700 people attended the event, which raised an astonishing $1.1 million for Lyme disease research and education programs. We were fortunate to have Daryl Hall make a special appearance at Guastavino’s for the gala. He performed a set full of favorite songs, and guests were surprised when Dr. Horowitz joined him on stage to sing an original song they composed about Lyme disease, called “The Ballad of the Deer Tick.”

Guests sampled food provided by several top New York City restaurants, including Agata & Valentina, Barna, George Guidera and Executive Chef Jacques Larsen of Cobbs Mill Inn, Cook With Class, Edible Arrangements, Gabriela’s, Ivy Bakery, Landmarc, Ruby Foo’s, Thalassa and STK. A special beverage tasting station was provided by Lucid, Absinthe Supérieure.

Humanitarian Award:   Richard I. Horowitz, MD 
Spirit of Philanthropy Award:    Bruce E. Mosler
Scientific Merit Award:   Nick S. Harris, PhD, AMBLI 
Courage Award:   Christine Beach, Dan Crotty, Jennifer Edstrom, Caroline Patterson, Jacqueline R. Spar and Alex Viserto
Co-Chairs:   Cheryl A. Conner, Robert Hoffman, M.A., and Brenda Shiplet

Educators: Goldman Sachs, Advocates, 100 Mile Man Foundation, American International Group, Inc., The Damon Giglio Foundation and Danny Lirtzman

Supporters: Patrick & Christine Beach, Citigroup, Danielle & David Ganek Family Foundation, Pam Edstrom & Joe Lamberton, Jeff & Stacey Feinberg, Field Check Group LLC, Golden Tree Asset Management, LP, Jenn & Ian Goodman, Hoenig, Instinet, Kevin Dann & Partners, LLC, Lehman Brothers, Level Global Investors, LP, Marquis Jet, Dan & Michele Matthews, Dave & Cindy Reichenbaum, Nurit Spector-Shamis, Michael & Elizabeth Steinberg, Stratix Asset, Titan Legacy Fund Advisors LLC and Aaron Wolfson

Friends: Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Credit Suisse Securities, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., Deutsche Bank, Direct Access Partners, LLC, Endeavor Capital, Jennifer Edstrom & Catlin Wolfard, FTV Management Company L.P., Gibralter Holdings, LLC, Roy & Joanne Goldberg, Greenberg Traurig, Igenex, ING Direct, JNK Securities, Greg and Sarah Knight, Lea & Barry Porter Fund, Gillis MacGil Addison, Miller Tabak & Co., LLC, New York Tick Control LLC, Off The Record Research, RAM Capital Group, LLC, William & Carolyn Patterson, Warren Spar/Sparring Partners Capital, The Starker Family Foundation, Town & Country Compounding, Trellus Management Co., LLC, Adam & Andrea Usdan and Carl & Marion Wolf

2007a  2007b  2007c  2007d


Our First Annual Unmask a Cure Gala event was held at Guastavino’s in New York City on November 2, 2006. The newly renovated Guastavino's was a gorgeous site to honor those who have persevered in the fight against Lyme disease, as well as to raise significant funds for our urgent cause. Unmask a Cure touches upon the fact that Lyme disease masquerades as many different illnesses and is, therefore, quite difficult to diagnose. To accentuate the theme, staff at the event wore Venetian-style eye masks as they served more than 600 guests delicious food and drinks throughout the evening. The space took on the feel of a warm and playful masquerade evening in which everyone had the opportunity to take part in the national movement to "unmask a cure" for Lyme disease.

Guests enjoyed cuisine from Agata & Valentina Ristorante, Aurora Gourmet, Barna, Cité, Cook with Class, Gabriela's, Osteria del Circo, Ruby Foo's, and STK Steak House. Live music was provided by Creations featuring Kim Sozzi, and a special musical performance by Erin Crotty, dedicated to Dr. Joseph J. Burrascano Jr.

Humanitarian Award:   Dr. Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr.
Vision of Hope Award:   Nancy Perry Crotty and John Crotty

Beverly Blank Foundation, For Sale By, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Danny Lirtzman, Jeff and Stacey Feinberg, Dan and Michele Matthews, Citigroup, Direct Access Partners, Instinet, Lehman Brothers, Level Global, David and Cindy Reichenbaum, Gillis MacGil Addison, AIG Environmental, Chapman Capital LLC, Todd Deutsch and Brooke Elder, Ian and Jen Goodman, Hoenig, In Record Time, JNK Securities, Gregory and Sarah Knight, Marquis Jet, Miller Tabak & Co., New York Tick Control, Dipak and Anita Patel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Town & Country Compounding

2006a  2006b

Past Walks

TBDA’s national Walks program allows volunteers across the country to plan an event to raise funds for research and TBDA initiatives in the fight against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

If you would like to host a walk in your area, please contact us about becoming an organizer.

Below is a list of past Walks. We would like to extend special thanks to all of those that have made our numerous Walks throughout the country so successful.

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Location: Granby, MA
Host: Ron and Lois Pare
Date: May 4, 2013 

Location:  Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT
Host:  Orna Grand
Date:  April, 7, 2013

Location: Discovery Green, Houston, TX
Host: Texas Lyme Disease Association
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013

Location:  Crossings of Colonie, Loudonville, NY
Host:  Heidi Buono
Date:  Saturday, October 20, 2012

Location:  Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT
Host:  Orna Grand
Date:  Sunday, April 1, 2012

Location:  Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT
Host:  Orna Grand
Date:  Sunday, April 11, 2010
Location: Shoreline at Mountain View, CA
Host: Jennifer Sebastian
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009
Location: Florence Roche Elementary School, Groton, MA 
Host: Donna Castle
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009
Location: Independence Grove, Libertyville, IL 
Host: Kimberly Heeres-Frank
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009
Location: New Providence High School, New Providence, NJ 
Host: Laura Field
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Location: Saxon Woods Park, White Plains, NY 
Hosts: Alyssa and Michael Sokoloff
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2009
Location: Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT
Host: Orna Grand 
Date: Sunday, April 5, 2009
Location: Saxon Woods Park in White Plains, NY
Host: Alyssa and Michael Sokoloff
Date: Sunday, September 14, 2008
Kickoff Party: Cutting For A Cure 
Location: Frederico Salon, 257 Mamoroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605 
Date: Sunday, September 7, 2008 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Other Past Events Benefiting TBDA

TBDA is grateful for events held around the United States that contribute to the TBDA mission. Please see the list of past events.

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Ticked Off Music Fest 
Saturday, June 15th
World Cafe Live at The Queen
Wilmington, DE
Featuring: Melissa CoxThe Zen EnginesCliff HillisLaura CheadleJohn & Brittany and schroeder.
For more information click here.

3rd Annual Emma's Hopeful Open
Golf Tournament Benefitting TBDA
Monday, June 3, 2013
Hobbits Glen Golf Club
Columbia, MD