Although the number of alarming headlines over the spread of Lyme disease may have tapered off in recent years, the epidemic rate of infection has not. Loudoun continues to be Virginia’s hotspot for the debilitating tick-borne ailment.
This morning in Brambleton, dozens of community organizations and hundreds of runners gathered for the seventh annual Loudoun Lyme Race, which features a 10K, 5K and 1K fun run. It’s the county’s largest event to raise awareness of the disease and to raise money to promote prevention and treatment.
Steve Gotschi, the owner of DryHome Roofing and Siding in Sterling, is force behind the event. He launched the program after seeing his wife, Reagan, combat Lyme disease and the impact it had on his family.
The event benefits the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, which works to improve the quality of life for people suffering from Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses by offering support and disseminating information that helps patients, families, healthcare workers, and the community at large learn more about the diseases.
Among the elected leaders attending the race and pledging to continue their efforts to raise awareness and improve treatment of the disease were U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), state Sen. Richard H. Black (R-13) and Supervisor Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge).