Ride for Lyme cyclists in Kelowna Friday

Cycling to raise awareness of Lyme disease, riders are expected to be at Mission Creek Park at 9:45 a.m. May 15.

On May 11th the Ride For Lyme kicked off in Victoria and is coming through Kelowna May 15.

May is Lyme awareness month globally.  In Canada this month many cities have declared May as Lyme awareness month.

Also this month, Canadian landmarks have gone or are going green for Lyme awareness including Victoria City Hall, Calgary Tower, Langevin Bridge Calgary, High Level Bridge Edmonton,Winnipeg City Hall, CN Tower Toronto, Niagara Falls, Peach Arch Bridge, Halifax City Hall and others.

In August 2013, the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed what patient groups have been saying for decades: That Lyme disease is grossly under-reported.

The CDC issued a press release on August 19 that year indicating they have been making a mistake by reporting only 30,000 cases per year (an already high number). The actual number of cases should be around 300,000 cases per year, a 10-fold increase meaning that 270,000 people every year were going undiagnosed or being misdiagnosed with everything but Lyme.

Per capita Canada has a similar situation. Poor testing and misleading information from governments has been a major cause of under-reporting.

Cyclists are riding across Canada to raise awareness for Lyme disease and tomorrow (Friday May 15) they will come through Kelowna arriving at the Mission Creek Park at about 9:45 a.m.

Get out to see the crew and learn more about Lyme disease.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

12-year-old Kelowna resident celebrates birthday with help of community

The community greeted Kate Pauling with ballons, banners and gifts along her paper route on Friday

COVID-19: More infected passengers on planes flying to and from Okanagan and Kamloops airports

The BC Centre of Disease Control has identified numerous flights with COVID-19 cases

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

‘Better days will return’: Queen Elizabeth delivers message amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Queen said crisis reminds her of her first address during World War II in 1940

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers

North Island Hospital has been asked to share its perinatal COVID-19 response plan

Canadian cadets to mark 103rd anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 9 virtually

Idea of Captain Billie Sheridan in Williams Lake, B.C. who wondered what to do in times of COVID-19

Okanagan nordic centre loses out on 2021 nationals

Sovereign Lake near Vernon was to host 2020 Canadian championships, canceled due to COVID-19

COVID-19: North Okanagan spring leagues wiped out

Ladies softball, indoor and beach volleyball leagues shut down over pandemic

COVID-19: Interior Crisis Line calls increase

Calls directly related to pandemic up 25 per cent over final two weeks of March

Most Read