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Jennifer Platt in the office of Senator Kay Hagan

Senator Kay Hagan and Dr. Jennifer Platt, December 2013.

In Support Of The S1657 Kay Hagan TICK Act

“I call you the tick doctor to my friends” he said to me as I was leaving the coffee shop. I smiled and waved goodbye, then got into my car as my eyes welled up with tears.

That was Lloyd, an older gentleman in his seventies, robust and strong to outer appearances, but taken down by Lyme disease on the inside.

Every time I see him, Lloyd shares another verse in his story that is Lyme disease. I know it well because I’ve seen him often over the past year. One time it’ll be about how much better he feels when he’s on antibiotics (a classic sign that the symptoms are related to a tick-borne illness). The next it’ll be about the latest visit to his rheumatologist because his joint pain is so severe. Another will be about how his Lyme test results came back negative. Which also doesn’t surprise me, because the predominant test used is so unreliable.

The S1657 Kay Hagan TICK Act is currently making its way through the halls of Congress. It will provide millions of dollars for desperately needed research, surveillance, and education.

Please take two minutes to call your Senator and ask for their support. If you are a North Carolinian, you can thank Senator Burr (202-224-3154) and Senator Tillis (202-224-6342) for agreeing to sponsor the bill. It truly honors the former Senator from North Carolina to have her North Carolina colleagues and successors in the Senate cosponsor the bill.

Please call or write now. Make the call for Lloyd, your family, your friends, and the thousands of people who suffer needlessly every day due to tick bites and the devastation they cause. Support the S1657 Kay Hagan TICK Act. We are #strongertogether.

TBC United also needs your donations. We need funding to support our work in education, research, and advocacy. Your contributions make a huge difference. Beth and I thank you in advance for your support.

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Cofounder, TBC United, CEO and Founder, TickWarriors

Dr. Jennifer Platt has decades of experience in public health and environmental program development. She has led the creation of nationally recognized, award-winning education programs and has spoken extensively to audiences of all sizes.

While working on her doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina in 2011, Dr. Platt contracted Ehrlichiosis. She was later confirmed to also have Lyme Disease and Babesia.

Dr. Platt’s personal experience with tick-borne illness led her to create TickWarriors in 2016, which provides eco-friendly tick protection for people, pets, and property. The pervasive need for education and awareness led Dr. Platt to co-found Tick-borne Conditions United in 2018 with Beth Carrison.

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