The following is a partial list of some of our past events. Learn more about they helped efforts to find a cure for and spread the word about prevention of Lyme disease. And be sure to check out our Upcoming Events for more activities and how you can get involved.
March 6th–8th, 2020 • Ride Out Lyme California
Bay Area Lyme Foundation (BAL) and Ride Out Lyme (ROL) joined hands for their second annual Ride Out Lyme California, benefitting vital Lyme research (funded by BAL) and financial grants for Lyme patients (provided by ROL). The $27,000 raised was evenly divided between the two organizations.
Thursday, February 27 • NYC Lyme Gala
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 • San Diego, CA
Treating Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases: How Antibiotics and the Immune System Work to Fight Infection
Tick-borne diseases, and Lyme disease in particular, cause complex, multi-system health issues with devastating consequences. This event focused on the importance of using a broad and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment approach. We explored important avenues for testing and treatment including a discussion on the role that antibiotics play in supporting the immune system:
- Understand the role antibiotics play in fighting infection
- Identify and treat hidden triggers
- Optimize immune function
- Decrease auto-immune activation
- Decrease systemic inflammation
- Improve the body’s ability to detoxify and tolerate treatments
- The importance of optimizing lifestyle factors such as stress reduction, diet, exercise, sleep. Specific tools and suggestions were discussed
With careful attention to both conventional infection-fighting tools and a new understanding of how the immune system mounts its response to threats, patients can have the ability to recover their health more quickly and completely.
This Speaker Series event was a resounding success—we were thrilled to host over 130 people in the audience, many of whom were Lyme patients, caregivers, medical professionals, researchers and general public. This is the first of a series of events we plan to offer in the San Diego area, graciously hosted by Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, so please contact us if you wish to be placed on our mailing list to learn about upcoming events.
Sunjya Schweig, MD, Integrative Family Medicine, Board Certified.
Dr. Schweig has been studying, teaching, and practicing integrative and functional medicine for over 25 years . He received his B.A, from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, where he helped design and lead the complementary and alternative medicine curriculum. Dr. Schweig completed his family medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Family Practice Residency Program in Santa Rosa, CA. During his residency, he was instrumental in developing and founding the Integrative Medicine Fellowship program. Dr. Schweig continues to be active in medical education and has served as volunteer clinical faculty at the UCSF Santa Rosa Residency. He currently holds an adjunct faculty position at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Schweig has lectured nationally and internationally at conferences, hospitals, and universities. Dr. Schweig is board certified in integrative and holistic medicine (ABIHM) and, in 2014, launched the California Center for Functional Medicine (CCFM) with Chris Kresser, MS, LAc. Dr. Schweig serves as a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Bay Area Lyme Foundation. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their two children.
Andrei Osterman, PhD, is a member of the Immunity and Pathogenesis Program in the Center for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases at Sanford Burnham Prebys
The main focus of Dr. Osterman’s research team is on fundamental and applied aspects of the key metabolic subsystems in a variety of species, from bacteria to human.This group uses a systems biology approach to reconstruct and explore metabolic and transcriptional regulatory networks.This approach combines comparative genomics and other bioinformatic techniques with biochemical and genetic experiments for pathway, gene and target discovery. Using this approach this group predicted and experimentally verified numerous enzyme families in the metabolism of co-factors, carbohydrates, and amino acids. Recent breakthroughs included prediction and characterization of novel transporters, transcriptional regulators and carbohydrate utilization pathways in a number of model bacterial systems. Applications in the field of infectious disease include identification of novel drug targets and structure-based development of novel anti-infective agents. New directions in cancer research are based on application of metabolic profiling technology for identification of novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets. Other directions of the on-going research include bioinformatics of regulatory proteolysis and applications of structural modeling for exploration of metabolic networks and gene discovery.
Sharon Wampler, PhD, is a Lyme patient, activist and co-founder of the San Diego Lyme Alliance
In 2008 La Jolla biochemist Sharon Wampler PhD experienced declining health following a tick bite in Germany. She never developed the infamous “bull’s-eye rash,” but experienced progressive symptoms and was eventually diagnosed with Lyme disease. Coincidentally, Sharon’s father Whitfield (W.E.) Wampler died from complications of Lyme disease in 2016, a year after he was diagnosed, and is one of the pilot tissue donors to the Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s Lyme Disease Biobank. While it is unknown exactly how long W.E. lived with Lyme, his symptoms spanned at least ten years. Father and daughter struggled together to make sense of their collective medical mystery. Professionally, Sharon has held research and business development positions in several biotech companies and held director-level management positions at UCSD. In addition to managing her own health regimen, she has provided support to numerous Lyme patients in the San Diego region and beyond. She is co-founder of the San Diego Lyme Alliance and serves as a Lyme Disease advocate to state and national politicians. Sharon’s major focus for the coming year will be as the Lyme Disease patient pioneer for Project Apollo, a precision-healthcare research effort in collaboration with UCSD. Sharon will talk about her family’s Lyme journey and her efforts to bring Lyme awareness to the San Diego region.
LOCATION: Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Building 12 Auditorium, 10905 Road to the Cure, San Diego, CA 92121
Graciously hosted by Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 • Carmel, CA
Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases—the Ticks, the Science, and the Controversy
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September 14–15, 2019• Stanford, CA
Stanford Lyme Conference: Emerging Research, Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease and Tick-borne Illness
The goal of this conference was to educate clinicians, health care providers, residents and fellows on the state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic approach to Lyme disease, and to educate participants in the current understanding of Lyme disease pathobiology and research findings.
This was a national conference designed for physicians, fellows, residents, medical students, advanced practice nurses, professional nurses, physician assistants, researchers, and psychologists specializing in Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology, Complimentary Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health, Infectious Disease and Global Health,Internal Medicine, Neurological Surgery, and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants were able to:
- Review microbial infections transmitted through tick bites
- Incorporate diagnostic evaluation strategies for patients following tick bites
- Determine the appropriate management and therapeutic approach for patients following tick bite
- Incorporate appropriate therapeutic approaches for patients that test positive for borrelia burgdorferi infection on two-tier testing
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Sunday, July 7, 2019 • San Rafael, CA
Sheepdog Trials at the Marin County Fair
On Sunday, July 7, Bay Area Lyme presented at the Marin County Fair to help build awareness in Marin County. Our green tent in the “barnyard” had the latest information about Lyme disease prevention and attendees received free “tick keys”.
June 18–19, 2019 • San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Lyme sponsored the Quantitative Biosciences Institute at UCSF conference: Arthropod-borne Diseases in the Age of Quantitative Biology
Co-organized by Seemay Chou of UCSF and Andrea Swei of San Francisco State University, the Arthropod-borne Diseases in the Age of Quantitative Biology Symposium was held at Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco on June 18-19, 2019. Under the leadership of Dr. Nevan Krogan, the Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) seeks transformative results in biomedicine by supporting fundamental quantitative research in the biological sciences. In support of this mission, the symposium focused on challenges and opportunities in vector-borne disease research, with the goal of bringing together diverse perspectives ranging from disease ecology to mechanisms of pathogenesis.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 • Portola Valley, CA
Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 • Sea Ranch, Gualala, CA
Lyme Disease in California: Keeping Your Community Safe in the Face of this Growing Epidemic
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 • Lafayette, CA
Preventing and Treating Lyme—Keeping Your Family Safe fromTick-Borne Diseases
Thursday, February 28, 2019 • Palo Alto, CA
SoulCycle Palo Alto • 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Ride Out Lyme and Bay Area Lyme Foundation held their first ever Ride Out Lyme California event. This event featured celebrity hosts as well as Lyme warriors supporting our cause. Funds raised were divided between Bay Area Lyme Foundation and LymeLight Foundation for vital Lyme research and financial support for families of children suffering from Lyme disease. 45-minute SoulCycle ride included swag bag, shirt and raffle prizes.
Friday, March 1, 2019 • San Diego, CA
SoulCycle La Jolla • 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 2, 2019 • Santa Monica, CA
SoulCycle Santa Monica • 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Wednesday, November 28 • Woodside, CA
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Monday, November 5, 2018
2018 Lyme Gala • New York, NY
Bay Area Lyme Foundation and Project Lyme, two organizations committed to halting the course of Lyme disease, came together on Monday, November 5th, to highlight the need for collaboration in the fight against Lyme during the inaugural 2018 Lyme Gala, in New York City. The event raised awareness and $1.4 Million for research related to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, which can potentially be disabling, and even life-threatening. On this special night, we honored Bill Ford, CEO of General Atlantic with Keynote Speaker, Neil Spector, MD and Singer/Songwriter, Dana Parish. Read more in our press release.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
“Lunch. Learn. Lyme.” • Tiburon, CA
“Lunch. Learn. Lyme.” was a fabulous luncheon to benefit Bay Area Lyme Foundation, on October 11th, 2018 from 11:30am–1:30pm. The luncheon will be at the beautiful Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, CA, overlooking San Francisco Bay. It was interesting, educational, and fun!
Lyme and tick-borne diseases have reached epidemic proportions across the US, and the number of cases reported in Marin County continues to grow each year. Our panel of distinguished speakers provided answers to pressing questions in the field of Lyme offering important health information, advice and support.
Dan Salkeld, PhD: Research Scientist, Dept. of Biology, Colorado State University
Sunjya Schweig, MD: Integrative Family Medicine, Board Certified
Kirsten Stein: Lyme patient, Business Owner, Marin resident
Cheryl Jennings has been honored with nine Emmys. She is the host of the Emmy Award winning community affairs program Beyond the Headlines with Cheryl Jennings. She also files special assignment reports for ABC7/KGO TV.
Event Chairs: Carolyn Margiotti and Kirsten Stein
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 • Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
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Sunday, July 1, 2018
Sheepdog Trials at Marin County Fair • San Rafael, CA
On Sunday, July 1, Bay Area Lyme will present at the Marin County Fair to help build awareness in Marin County. Visit our green tent in the “barnyard” to get the latest information about Lyme disease prevention and receive free “tick keys”. Click here to plan your day at the fair.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Tick Trailblaze Trail Running Race • San Rafael, CA
On Saturday, July 14th, Bay Area Lyme Foundation will support the Sasquatch Racing “Tick Trailblaze,” family-friendly “Kids Dash”, 5K, and 10K trail runs at China Camp State Park in San Rafael, CA. Participants will enjoy epic views, fabulous runs, and a festive post race picnic experience. We will provide the latest information about Lyme disease prevention and hand out free “tick keys” to build awareness with trail runners who are especially at risk for contracting Lyme. Event details and race registration.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
6th Annual LymeAid 2018 • Portola Valley, CA
LymeAid® is Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s exclusive annual benefit dinner and live concert: an intimate event held at a private residence. Click here for details.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Speaker Series • San Rafael, CA
“Preventing and Treating Lyme in Marin—Keeping Your Family Safe from Tick-Borne Diseases.” Lyme and tick-borne diseases have reached epidemic proportions across the US, and the number of cases reported in Marin County continues to grow each year. Our panel of distinguished speakers provided answers to pressing questions in the field of Lyme offering important health information, advice and support. Young children are most at-risk for tick bites, so this was a must-attend event for parents.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Speaker Series • Martinez, CA
This speaker series event focused on “What is Lyme Disease? How Should it be Treated?” at a private home in Alhambra Valley, Martinez. Event details.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Speaker Series • New York City
“It’s not hopeless—a much-needed perspective and information about Lyme disease” was presented by Steven Phillips, MD. David Roth, Lyme disease advocate & patient, also shared his story. Event details.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Polo for Lyme • Atherton, CA
Bay Area Lyme’s Fall season benefit at the Menlo Circus Club features live polo competition, an auction, lunch, and a champagne divot stomp proved to be a fun Sunday afternoon. Many thanks to our generous sponsors and underwriters. Click here for a snapshot of photos from last year’s event and see our sponsors here.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Sheepdog Trials at Marin County Fair • San Rafael, CA
On Sunday, July 2, Bay Area Lyme provided the latest information about Lyme disease and gave away “tick keys” during the Sheepdog Trials at the Marin County Fair to help build awareness in Marin County.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Tick Trailblaze Trail Running Race • Woodside, CA
On Sunday, June 25th, Bay Area Lyme Foundation and Sasquatch Racing presented the “Tick Trailblaze,” family-friendly 5K, 10K, and half-marathon trail runs at Huddart Park in Woodside. Participants enjoyed epic views, fabulous runs, and a festive post race picnic experience. Bay Area Lyme Foundation provided information about Lyme disease prevention to help build awareness with trail runners who are especially at risk for contracting Lyme.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Wente Mountain Biking Race • Willits, CA
The Wente race, held by Bike Monkey, was an “8-hour mountain biking relay and family camping extravaganza” with 550 mountain bikers participating. It was located at the beautiful, family-friendly Wente Scout Reservation in Willits, CA. Mountain bikers have an especially high risk of exposure so Bay Area Lyme Foundation is working to spread awareness about Lyme and preventing this insipid disease.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 • Portola Valley, CA
LymeAid Benefit Gala
LymeAid® is Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s exclusive annual benefit dinner and live concert: an intimate event held at a private residence. Visit the LymeAid page for details or see our press release describing Lyme Aid 2017.
March 8, 2017 • Portola Valley, CA
Speaker Series Talk • Treating Lyme Disease: A Functional and Integrative Medicine Approach to Lyme Disease
Bay Area Lyme Science Committee Member Lia Gaertner, MS, shared her personal experiences and reflections about her own trials with Lyme disease. Dr Sunjya K. Schweig provided in-depth information about tickborne diseases, and Lyme disease in particular—how they can cause complex, multi-system health issues with devastating consequences. Click here for more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series.
Jan. 14, 2017 • Mill Valley, CA
Mill Valley Health & Wellness Fair & Family Fun Run
Bay Area Lyme Foundation co-sponsored a fun, healthy and exciting way to experience Health, Wellness and Community in Mill Valley. The 5K was a flat, fast and scenic fun along the Tamalpais Valley multi-use path. After the run, people attended the Health & Wellness Fair free of charge and perused local vendors to explore new ways they can get healthier, happier, and more involved in the community. There were kid-friendly activities such as face painting, jumpy house, crafts, and even a toddler dash. The Bay Area Lyme Foundation had a table with a raffle prize (“Enjoy the outdoors” basket) and provided the latest information about Lyme disease and prevention.
Nov. 3, 2016 • Corte Madera, CA
Speaker Series Talk • Lyme in Marin? What You Need to Know and How to Protect Your Family
Our first of several Distinguished Speaker Series events in Marin County featured a specialist in the treatment of Lyme, Todd Maderis, ND, LAc, Founder & Medical Director, Marin Natural Medicine Clinic. Lyme patient Kirsten Stein also shared her inspirational story. In addition, educational info and resources specific to Marin were presented. Details here.
Oct. 2, 2016 • Atherton
Polo for Lyme
Bay Area Lyme’s fall season benefit at the Menlo Circus Club featuring live polo competition, an auction, lunch, and a champagne divot stomp was a fun Sunday afternoon. Thank you to all the many guests and generous sponsors! Click here for a snapshot of photos.
Sept. 14, 2016 • Portola Valley, CA
Speaker Series Talk • “No Give Up” : What I Learned from my 9-1/2-year Struggle with Tick-borne Illness
Distinguished speaker Jordan Fisher Smith, Lyme patient and author of bestselling books, Nature Noir: A Park Ranger’s Patrol in the Sierra and Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature, shared personal experiences and reflections about his own trials with Lyme disease. Click here for more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series.
San Mateo County put on a fun and exciting event for County employees, their families, and friends. The festival included a 5K run, an accessible walking trail, booths, food, wellness classes, and live music. Bay Area Lyme was there answering questions and offering tips for Lyme prevention to a very large and interested audience.
June 30 – July 4, 2016 • San Rafael, CA
Marin County Fair
The Marin County Fair featured a circus, farm animals, carnival rides, and live music and fireworks every night. Bay Area Lyme attended with our booth to provide the community with information about local tick prevalence and prevention of tick-borne diseases.
June 26, 2016 • Woodside, CA
Bay Area Lyme Foundation and Sasquatch Racing presented the Tick Trailblaze 5k/10k/Half (and family friendly 1K) race at Sunday morning. Runners of all ages and experience came out to share in the beautiful day, running a cross-country course up and down hills in the beautiful Huddart Park.
June 4, 2016 • Portola Valley, CA
Portola Valley Town Picnic
The annual Portola Valley Town Picnic features a Zots to Tots 2.5 mile foot, scooter, and bicycle race from the Alpine Inn to the Portola Valley Town Center and a community picnic with live music and games and activities hosted by the local Scout troops. Bay Area Lyme is a part of this annual tradition sharing relevant tips and answering questions at a information booth.
June 1, 2016 • Palo Alto, CA
Speaker Series Talk • “Transmission Cycles & Risk Factors for Lyme Disease in CA”
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May 1, 2016 • Palo Alto, CA
LymeAid is Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s exclusive annual benefit dinner and live concert: an intimate event held at a private residence. This year LymeAid was held in Palo Alto and featured legendary performer Diana Ross. For more information, visit the LymeAid page or see our press release.
March 2, 2016 • Palo Alto, CA
Speaker Series Talk • “The Primary Care Doctor & Emerging Tick-borne Disease: How does the Diagnosis Get Made?”
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December 2, 2015 • Portola Valley, CA
Speaker Series Talk • “The Role the Immune System Plays in Lyme Diagnosis and Treatment”
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December 13, 2015 • San Francisco, CA
Krampus Cross Country Race
October 31, 2015 • Portola Valley, CA
Hops & Harmony Halloween Party
This Halloween Party at Parkside Grille in Portola Valley returned local band, Dutch Uncle, the “Bay Area’s favorite arbiter of the best cover tunes in rock history,” to the Bay Area Lyme-sponsored stage playing classics from The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Paul McCartney, The Who, Edgar Winter and more. Prizes were awarded for best costume.
October 11, 2015 • San Rafael, CA
Honey Badger Race
October 2-4, 2016 • Sonoma, CA
2015 Sonoma Music Festival
Bruce Cohn and B.R. Cohn Charity Events presented the 2015 Sonoma Music Festival at the Field of Dreams near downtown Sonoma. The successor to the winery’s fabled 28-year fall festival, this event featured Chicago, America, Ringo Star and his All-Starr Band, Pablo Cruise, and The Doobie Brothers, Gregg Allman, Edgar Winter Band, and Tommy Castro & the Painkillers. Click here for event details.
Sept 15, 2015 • Mountain View, CA
Book Talk: Suffering the Silence
On Tuesday evening, September 15, Bay Area Lyme Foundation co-hosted a special event at Books, Inc. in Mountain View, with author Allie Cashel to launch her new book, Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial, stories of Lyme patients from all over the world and their struggles for recognition and treatment of this debilitating disease. Learn more about Allie’s story on our Faces of Lyme page and on the website SufferingtheSilence.com, an online community designed for people living with chronic illness, co-founded by Allie and a good friend.
September 2, 2015 • Santa Rosa, CA
Annadel XC Race
“Bike Monkey’s reincarnation of mountain bike racing in one of our most beloved state parks—Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa, CA. A fund-raising event, the money raised goes right back into the trail system.” Click here for race details.
September 9, 2015 • Portola Valley, CA
Speaker Series Talk • “Hunting the Elusive Culprit of Lyme”
We are excited about the resounding success of our first Distinguished Speaker Series event—a series of free speaker forums that focus on our research and science programs, as well as general information on Lyme disease prevention. This first event was held at a private home in Portola Valley. Read more about this informative evening in our blog. Click here for more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series.
August 2, 2015 • Woodside, CA
On Sunday, August 2nd, Bay Area Lyme Foundation and Sasquatch Racing presented the “Tick Trailblaze,” family-friendly 5K, 10K, and half-marathon trail runs at Huddart Park in Woodside. Participants enjoyed epic views, fabulous runs, and a festive post race picnic experience. Note: Bay Area Lyme Foundation partnered with Sasquatch Racing in launching Team Tick Trail Stompers. This fun, ‘fitlanthropic’ program provides an opportunity to fundraise for Lyme disease research and receive free race entry and additional prizes from Sasquatch Racing and it’s free to register! Fundraise for Bay Area Lyme Foundation ($75, $150, $300, $500) and 100% of your contributions will go directly to Bay Area Lyme scientific research.
June 6, 2015 • Portola Valley, CA
Portola Valley Town Picnic 2015
On Saturday, June 6, the annual Portola Valley Town Picnic was a great success! We started the day at 10:00 am with the Zots to Tots foot- and bicycle-race from the Alpine Inn to the Portola Valley Town Center, then enjoyed fun and games for the whole family at the Town Center! We even introduced our Bay Area Lyme mascot — Willow, the miniature horse — to the community.
May 17, 2015 • Portola Valley, CA
On Sunday, May 17, our yearly LymeAid fundraiser, headlined by Huey Lewis and The News live in concert, brought the power of love to the fight for a cure. More than 30 researchers from across the country came to show their support and to share their scientific insights with guests. Bay Area Lyme presented the 2015 Emerging Leader Award and a $100,000 grant for research efforts exploring a potential biomarker for Lyme disease. For more information about the event, see the press release or the event story in Haute Living.
April 26, 2015 • Oakland, CA
The Sasquatch Scramble Race
Bay Area Lyme Foundation is a proud sponsor of Sasquatch Racing for their 2015 racing season. Now in its third year, Sasquatch Racing produces family-friendly trail running events across the Bay Area for novice and experienced runners interested in tackling the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon race distances. This race took place in Redwood Regional Park.
September 28, 2015 • Atherton, CA
Hops & Harmony – Rock Back in Time for Lyme
April 27, 2014 • Portola Valley, CA
LymeAid 2014 raised another $500,000 toward solutions for Lyme disease. During the event, world class scientists from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford discussed the latest breakthroughs in the fight against Lyme disease.
May 12, 2013 • Portola Valley, CA
LymeAid 2013 raises more than $400,000 for Lyme research. 100% of the funds raised will directly support Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s programs including philanthropic seed capital for a national Lyme biorepository.
October 13, 2017 • Atherton, CA
Polo for Lyme
Polo for Lyme 2013 brings 550 guests and 75 volunteers together at the polo fields adjacent to Menlo Circus Club in Atherton to cheer, dine, dance and drink champagne–all in support of spreading awareness and a better Lyme diagnostic.