The shirt says it all at the Lyme Disease rally on the Coffs Coast.
The shirt says it all at the Lyme Disease rally on the Coffs Coast. Leigh Jensen

Protest takes the time to teach about Lyme

CLOSE to 100 people came out in support of Lyme Disease sufferers during a recent rally in Coffs Harbour.

The disease, contracted through tick bites, is acknowledged as severe in many countries but health authorities in Australia refuse to acknowledge the disease is prevalent in Australia.

As part of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, local campaigner and sufferer Steven Young organised a protest in Coffs Harbour.

"It went really well - we spent a lot of time talking to people and there were far more sufferers there than we expected," Mr Young said.

"It's obviously far more wide spread than we are even aware of."

During the event more than $1500 was raised to help make diagnostic procedures more accessible and affordable for Lyme sufferers.

Currently, anyone looking to be diagnosed must see specialists outside the country and the tests come with a hefty price tag, some up to $2000.

"We'd really like to thank everyone for their generosity."

He said they will continue to push their message and fight to have the disease acknowledged by the health system.

"We'll keep battling on, eventually we'll get recognition."
 



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