November 16, 2023
World Lyme Day Shines Bright Green With Niagara Falls and The Helmsley Building
Project Lyme seeks to raise awareness of Lyme disease and the challenges patients face on World Lyme Day.
About This Event
Project Lyme, a 501(c)3 focused on eradicating the epidemic of tick-borne diseases, is pleased to announce that on May 1st, 2022, both Niagara Falls and the Helmsley Building, a 35-story structure in Midtown Manhattan, will light green in honor of World Lyme Day.
“I am extremely excited and thankful to RXR Realty and the Niagara Parks for accepting our application. This day is so important to the millions of people affected by Lyme disease” said Noah Johnston, Administrative Director of Project Lyme. “Our mission is to eradicate the epidemic of tick-borne diseases through awareness and education, support of cutting-edge science, and advocacy for solutions to end the suffering. Our hope is that the historic Helmsley shining and the world-famous Niagara Falls green for all to see will raise awareness of the realities of the disease and the struggles of patients, as well as increase consciousness to ensure people educate themselves on the proper steps to prevent transmission”.
With the CDC recently updating its surveillance data, there is now clear evidence that Lyme disease has been significantly underreported for years. The most accurate number based on insurance claims is that 476,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year.
“These building lightings are a dream come true. It signifies to the 8 million residents of New York City, all the visitors of Niagara Falls, and millions of people around the world who will see photos of the lighting on social media — that Lyme disease patients are all around us. They are our friends, family, and neighbors, and they need our help,” said Brooke Stoddard, board member at Project Lyme and founder of the Generation Lyme initiative. “These lightings have the potential to educate anyone who is less familiar with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.”
If you are unable to attend the lighting in person, you can stream it live via the links below: