Contact Us

 

>

TICK-BORNE DISEASE ALLIANCE HONORS INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIX RIDER AND LYME SUFFERER AT ANNUAL GALA

~~March 27, 2014, 5:53 pm~~


Renowned Equestrian Judy Garofalo-Torres Will Be Honored with Much Deserved Humanitarian Award at Second Annual TBDA Gala
NEW YORK (March 27, 2014) - The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), one of the country’s most authoritative voices on Lyme disease, is pleased to announce that this year’s Humanitarian Honoree will be awarded to Judy Garofalo-Torres, international Grand-Prix show jumping rider and member of the United States Equestrian Team. A competitive rider and avid animal lover since the age of 12, Garofalo-Torres was infected with Lyme disease during one of many rides at her farm in Millbrook, New York. “I have been around horses all my life, and never considered the possibility that I was putting my career and personal life in danger,” said Garofalo-Torres. “It wasn’t until months later when I was initially infected with Lyme disease that I began to experience severe symptoms. At the time, I was training for the Hampton Classic Horse Show in 2010, and had a very difficult time performing at my best level. In fact, I had to forfeit myself from the competition that day due to an unforeseen incident that made me so sick I could barely stand. This scary incident eventually led to my diagnosis with Lyme disease.” Before she was officially diagnosed with Lyme, Garofalo-Torres visited her general practitioner after she began to experience debilitating symptoms that mimic those of other diseases. After several visits to the doctor, Garofalo-Torres was told that the symptoms were all in her head and recommended visiting a psychiatrist. Since then, Garofalo-Torres has shown great strength in her brave fight against Lyme which possesses an unrivaled commitment to raising awareness and funds for both human and animal Lyme sufferers across the country. A business owner herself, Garofalo-Torres is equally committed to promoting organizations and products that help with muscle and joint stiffness stemmed from the effects of Lyme disease. One of her current sponsors, BeneFab Products, provides products for horses and humans, which are infused with ceramic material (sometimes known as far-infrared fabric) that help increase circulation and alleviate pain. Garofalo-Torres also acts as a resource and support system for equestrian riders who have been affected by Lyme throughout the country. “It is a privilege to honor Judy at this year’s gala, as she has been a huge supporter of the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance and advocates for both animal and human sufferers of Lyme disease,” said David Roth, Co-Chairman of TBDA and Managing Director at Blackstone. “Although a Lyme vaccine has been identified for animals, the threat still lingers and prevention is imperative for animals and owners of animals, as it is not uncommon that humans can contract Lyme disease simply from coming into contact with ticks that live on the surface of pets.” The gala will be held on May 1, 2014 at Chelsea Piers in New York City. This year’s theme, entitled “The Great Imitator Masquerade Ball,” looks to shed light on this debilitating disease, which often mimics other diseases with similar symptoms, and will be the premier kick-off event for Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May. The gala is attended by more than 600 prominent guests, including some of the nation’s leaders in the financial and business industry, along with a community of high net worth individuals who are committed to supporting this cause as a result of personally being affected by this disease. Money raised at this year’s gala will be help TBDA bolster awareness, promote advocacy for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and raise funds for research and an accurate and reliable diagnostic tool. Once this tool is in place and early diagnosis can be identified properly, patients can be prevented from becoming chronic sufferers. For more information and to purchase tickets to this year’s gala, please visit www.TBDAlliance.org, TBDA’s Facebook page, Twitter page, or call 914-579-1000. About the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance  The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness, promoting advocacy and supporting initiatives to find a cure for tick-borne diseases including Lyme. As part of its efforts, TBDA is embarking on a quest to develop a reliable diagnostic tool as a first step toward eradicating the disease. Working with others in the tick-borne disease community nationwide, TBDA seeks to raise public awareness through education and create a unified voice for advocacy regarding the current epidemic in order to make a real difference. More information about TBDA, Lyme and tick-borne diseases, and prevention and protection can be found at www.TBDAlliance.org. TBDA EVITE  

News

"Lyme Disease's Staggering New Numbers," The New Yorker, August 19, 2013

"The Global Search for Education: Norway - Ticks," Huffington Post, August 18, 2013

"Deconstructing Lyme Disease," The New York Times, August 12, 2013

"Schumer Calls For More Research Into Tick-Borne Diseases," CBS New York, August 11, 2013

"Lyme Disease Cases Up in Southwest Virginia," WSLS10, July 22, 2013

"Why you should be afraid of Lyme disease," CNN, July 12, 2013

"When Lyme Disease Lasts and Lasts," The New York Times, July 8, 2013

"Former World No. 1 Jennifer Capriati Has Lyme Disease," Tennis World, January 28, 2013

"Yolanda Foster of 'RHOBH' tweets about her birthday and Lyme disease battle," Examiner.com, January 12, 2013

"People Are Embarrassed to Have Lyme Disease," Examiner.com, January 7, 2013

"Could Pulitzer be in store for newspaper Lyme series?" LymeDisease.org, January 2, 2013

"Politicians 'Take On' Lyme Disease," Fox CT, August 28, 2012

"Health Check: Out of the Woods," NBC 10, Providence/New Bedford, September 11, 2012

"Diagnosis: The Telltale Heart," New York Times Magazine, August 17, 2012

"Babesiosis May One Day Rival Lyme Disease," New York Times "Well" blog, July 30, 2012

Senator Blumenthal Calls For National Strategy To Combat Lyme Disease, Announces New Step Forward, July 27, 2012

"Missing Foxes Fuel Spread of Lyme Disease," MSNBC, June 18, 2012

"Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen: Clock's ticking as Lyme season draws closer," The Providence, April 16, 2012

" target="_blank">"Persistent Infection With Lyme Disease," Dr. Phil, April 13, 2012

"Under Our Skin Spring 2012 E-Blast," Under Our Skin, April 2012

 "More Ticks Expected From Mild Winter," featuring TBDA's David Roth, ABC News, April 11, 2012

"Global Warming May Bring More Lyme Disease, Ticks," Huffington Post, April 4, 2012

"Spring Brings Outdoor Activities, Health Hazards," U.S. Army Europe, March 28, 2012

"This Season's Ticking Bomb," Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2012

"The Downside of a Balmy Winter? Long Walks With the Dog Aren't Carefree," New York Times, March 18, 2012

&" target="_blank">"Pr Montagnier on Lyme Disease, Autism and Chronic infections," Video, March 10, 2012

"Otzi the Iceman's Genome Reveals Evidence of Lyme Disease," Huffington Post, February 28, 2012

"Once Rare, Infection by Tick Bites Spread," New York Times, June 20, 2011

2013 Initiatives

The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA) had a very productive 2012 working with others nationwide to advance public awareness and research of tick-borne diseases and to help create a unified voice for the tick-borne disease community. This year, we will further this important work in advocacy, awareness, fundraising, grants and research, and through our medical education program and the doctor referral program. Below you will find some exciting information about key initiatives for 2013. We appreciate your continued support of these efforts.