Pictured above: FWIO Members with researchers at the University of Guelph.
Thanks to the generous donations of WI Members across Ontario, on June 15, 2018, FWIO was pleased to present a cheque for $4,089.30 to the G. Magnotta Lyme Disease Research Lab at the University of Guelph. Research done through the lab will lead to better diagnostics and treatment for Canadians.
The University was kind enough to arrange a presentation and tour of their research lab, which highlighted the important work that is being done.
Lyme Disease has become a growing health crisis in Canada. Unfortunately, the disease is difficult to diagnose in this country, with more education, proper screening and funding desperately needed to ensure that people do not have to suffer unnecessarily with a misdiagnosis. When left undetected, the damage can be irreversible and potentially life-threatening.
What's next? Although the fundraising campaign has ended, there is still work to be done. Continue to raise awareness in your communities by hosting ROSE Sessions on Lyme Disease; if you have been affected by Lyme Disease, share your story with professionals so that you have a voice in the research process; and continue to support research through donations. FWIO would be happy to forward any future donations to the University of Guelph on your behalf, or you may do so directly.
Click here for a letter from Glenna Smith, Erland Lee Museum Committee Chair and here for a letter from Jonathan Newman, Dean of the College of Biological Science at the University of Guelph.