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Lyme & TBDs/Conditions Awareness Month!

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Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month!

This national proclamation in the month of May is an opportunity to elevate awareness of Lyme and the growing number of other tick-borne diseases and conditions that affect increasing numbers of people in the US each year. Recent data from the centers for Disease control and prevention show tick-borne diseases are on the rise. Under-reporting of all tick-borne diseases is common, so the number of people actually infected is much higher than what gets reported. According to the CDC, new Lyme disease case estimates alone have now reached 500,000 annually. Prevention is key to staying healthy!

Awareness and education is critical in preventing these diseases all year long!

Graphic for May Lyme Awareness Events


SAVE THE DATES!! Leading up to Lyme & Other Tick-borne Diseases/Conditions Awareness Month, in-person public screenings of The Quiet Epidemic are available again in Colorado beginning in April! “As close as your backyard!”

COTBDAA has collaborated with other community organizations to ELEVATE awareness of Lyme & other tick-borne diseases/conditions with film screenings and community conversations. The Quiet Epidemic breaks the real impact of a long-ignored epidemic ~ Lyme disease.

Watch the trailer to The Quiet Epidemic

Abraham Lincoln High School – Drama Club: COTBDAA will be providing a resource table with education/tick-bite prevention materials at the performances of But She Looks Fine – Musical produced and performed by Abraham Lincoln High School Drama Program.

Join us for Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Awareness Month! Virtual  group meditations on Fridays throughout the month of May, and a virtual or in-person option for gentle yoga event on May 11, 2024, with Our Community Partners at Soul Tribe Yoga Collective! Click below for details, registration, and order your customized mala.

Colorado Governor’s Proclamation

Proclamations declaring May as Lyme & other Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month have been signed by former Governor John Hickenlooper in both 2017 & 2018. And by Governor Jared Polis in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024!

View 2024 Proclamation

View 2023 Proclamation

View 2022 Proclamation

View 2021 Proclamation

View 2020 Proclamation

View past years proclamations here

In addition, Chaffee County Commissioners also signed proclamation for Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases/Conditions Awareness Month in May 2023 & 2024! And the Town of Buena Vista Mayor signed proclamations in both 2023 & 2024! Consider asking your local community to do the same!

Elevate Awareness Throughout the Month of May!

Join us in supporting our growing community of people affected by Lyme and other TBDs in Colorado, their family members, caregivers and friends, as well as those that have not yet been impacted by these diseases. They are many small things you can do that make a huge impact!

  • Post & share your experience with Lyme & TBDs/Conditions via social media platforms and tag us @coloradoticks #FACESOFLYMEINCO #COLORADOTICKS throughout May!
  • View, post & share COTBDAA prevention resources to prevent tick bites
  • As a conversation starter, wear green throughout the month of May; tie a green ribbon around a tree, a mailbox, a light post, car bumper.
  • Write a letter to your representatives or local newspaper, or contact local radio for an interview.
  • Ask your local community government officials for a proclamation of Lyme & Other Tick-borne Diseases/Conditions Awareness for the month of May.
  • Join the MyLymeData registry! A cure for Lyme disease begins with you. MyLymeData uses big data research tools that allow patients—even thousands or tens of thousands– to quickly and privately pool their data to determine which treatments work best. Register Now! 
  • Join the Lyme Disease Biobank (LDB) registry. A biobank, also known as a biorepository, stores human biological samples like blood and tissue for use in future research. LDB was created because medical researchers were unable to access the human blood, urine, and tissue samples they needed for their research. Register Now!

Give the Gift of Awareness!

Direct others to COTBDAA and to our Community Partners for valuable resources to help educate friends, family and communities throughout Colorado and beyond!

Make a small donation in support of COTBDAA: Donate here!

Additional Resources

COTBDAA Community Partners provide a wealth of information, resources and services to help keep you informed, healthy and protected.