Our mission is to provide education and promote awareness of Lyme Disease, both acute and chronic, and other tick borne illnesses on Cape Cod Massachusetts and the Islands.
Our Next Fundraiser “I Walk For Lyme” Walk and Lobster Clam Boil Cook Out on the Cape Cod Canal
May 25th @ 10:00 Rain or Shine
Go to the “Events” Tab for further information and to “Register” for the event
Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod (LACC) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.
For more information, contact:
Ron and Pam Gangemi
P.O. Box 1167
20 Wheeler Road
Mashpee, MA 02649
Phone: (508) 477-7896 or (774) 238-2316
If you would like to Donate
to Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod
please use the donate button,
or contact Ron Gangemi at 508-477-7896
Any amount will be appreciated!
Lyme Disease Support Group Group meets the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Held at: Cape Cod Covenant Church
11 Satucket Road Brewster, MA 02631
(Corner of Airline & Satucket Roads Brewster)
Transportation to meetings is available.
Please contact for information:
Lisa at Lfree125@comcast.net or
Scott at FLHX59@yahoo.com Some doctors doubt if Lyme disease exists:
State House to Host Lyme Awareness Day
Boston, MA, 2013— A “Lyme Disease Awareness Day” will take place at the MA State House on April 29th from 11am-3pm in Nurse’s Hall, with a 12:30pm group photo as well as a reading of the Governor’s proclamation that, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, May be Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Sponsored by Representative Theodore Speliotis and hosted by Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod (LACC), Sturbridge Lyme Awareness of MA (S.L.A.M.) and the Boston Lyme Group, the event hopes to draw attention to an insidious tick-borne disease that is a burgeoning health threat to the people of Massachusetts .
Thousands of cases of Lyme disease are reported each year in the state of Massachusetts , and many more go unreported, since tick-borne diseases are often misdiagnosed. Left untreated, Lyme disease and its co-infections can cross the blood-brain barrier and wreak havoc on every system of the body, causing long-term physical and neurological impairments.
“Awareness for the Lyme crisis here in Massachusetts is essential to help those who are desperately suffering. ‘Lyme Awareness Day’ at the State House will help our legislators and the public gain awareness of the issues,” says Trish McCleary of S.L.A.M. Speakers at the event will include International Lyme and Associated Disease Society’s President and President of Neuropsychological Evaluation and Treatment Services, P.C., Dr. Leo Shea, III, Clinical Psychologist and Lyme disease advocate, Sheila Statlender, PhD, and Director of Sales of IGenex, Bob Giguere. A “Wall of Photos” showcasing photos of local Lyme patients will help put a face to the information these professionals present. The event is free, open to the public and participants are invited to wear light green clothing in support of Lyme disease.
Sturbridge , MA
Ph: (508) 347-8097
Come join us June 2, 2013
Registration begins at 9 AM
Governor Patrick has declared May as "Lyme Disease Awareness Month"
This is part of a National campaign known as "RIBBONS ACROSS AMERICA".
This project was started by S. L. A. M. (Sturbridge Lyme Awareness) Trish McLeary to raise awareness, increase visibility and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to tick-borne illnesses. Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod (LACC) handed out over 4,000 lime green ribbons and hung over 50 signs throughout Cape Cod and the Islands during our campaign in May 2012! Our Goal is to double that number this year!!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We are asking ALL residents of Cape Cod to hang a “Lime Green Ribbon” outside your home and business to raise Lyme Disease Awareness. You may pick up a FREE Lime Green Ribbon and educational materials at participating town libraries and Stop and Shops locations throughout Cape Cod during May.
Please take an all important moment and "HANG A LIME GREEN RIBBON".
If interested in partaking in our efforts to show awareness, we are in need of volunteers to help hang ribbons in prearranged designated town areas. Tax Deductible Donations to help cover the expense of this campaign are always greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your participation in this all important Lyme Awareness campaign.
Tick Talk workshops by Larry Dapsis,Entomologist, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
May 1 - Bourne Public Library at 7 PM
May 5 - Sandwich Garden Club at 1:30 PM
May 8 - Truro Library at 6:30 PM
May 14 - Snow Library Orleans Tick Workshop at 6:30 PM
May 18 - Brooks Free Library Harwich at 2 PM
May 19 - Jacob Sears Memorial Library Dennis at 4 PM
May 24 - Mashpee Senior Center at 1:30 PM
May 29 - Woods Hole Public Library at 7:30 PM
Marstons Mills Public Library – date and time TBD but likely in May.
June 6 – West Falmouth Library at 7 PM
July 13 – Table at Brewster Conservation Day
Note: this story that ran on Fox 25 Boston, View Here
Program Description – Lyme Disease is the second most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis, both of which can be quite serious and are on the increase. This program will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks in addition to a three point protection plan: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet.
Bio for Larry Dapsis – Entomologist since age five…Studied Environmental Science at Fitchburg State University and Entomology at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Thirty-four years of professional experience including Vegetables, Small Fruits and Household Insects. Joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist.
Preventing Tick Bites
By Lisa C Freeman RNC BSN LACC Lyme Awareness Cape Cod and Lyme Support Group
You Can Prevent a Tick Bite By:
1). Protecting Your Yard:
a). Professional Yard spraying: Many companies are available. One example , “Lawn Dawg” provides environmentally friendly lawn care services to NY, MA, NH, ME, and CT homes. WWW.LAWNDAWG.COM 1-888-993-3294
b). Do it yourself yard protection: Damminix Tick Tubes® are biodegradable, cardboard tubes filled with permethrin treated cotton balls. Mice collect the cotton to use to build their nests. Deer ticks that feed on mice in the Spring and the Fall are exposed to permethrin and killed. All the while, the mice, other mammals and your pets and yard are unharmed and undisturbed. Can be purchased www.ticktubes.com Toll Free 800.234.8425; Email email@example.com.
c). cheaper do it yourself yard protection: You can buy permethrin from local feed and grain supply store and make tubes yourselves. Cotton soaked balls can be placed in recycled cardboard paper towel or toilet paper tubes and and place around the perimeter of your entire yard front & back.
2). Protecting Yourself and Your Children While Gardening, biking, hiking, sports etc.
a). Avon Skin So Soft can be used directly on skin full strength.
b). Clothes can be sprayed directly. Bob Bersin Brewster DPW Superintendent has two suggestions. His DPW workers spray permethrin on their clothes. For children to protect against mosquitos, flys etc He recommends a natural mixture of Clove, Wintergreen, olive oil, water sprayed directly on children & clothes. This may also work against ticks.
c). Permethrin protective clothing can also be purchased.
3). Protecting Your Pet :
a). Advantix or Frontline Plus. There are conflicting reports if Frontline Plus is still effective? One person recounted that it caused neurological symptoms in their dog. Use under supervision of your vet.
b). Clip your pets closely and do not allow outdoors for long periods.
c). Natural alternative repellant may be “Sergeant's Nature's Guardian Flea and Tick repellant” contains natural thyme clove oils etc. This does really work. We have used for over a year with good results. Can be used on humans also.
Check yourself, your children and your pets frequently for ticks. The tick does NOT have to be embedded for long periods to transmit disease. Periods of attachment for as little as only TWO HOURS (not 24 as previously thought) have proven to transmit disease.!!
A School Nurse has discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks. They automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her simple effective instructions.“ I was unable to identify her name to give her full credit but it really DOES work!! Here is what she recommends…
“Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children or your pets. Give it a try.”
"I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.”
"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.”
"Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, "It worked!"