Sunday, May 19, 2013

Niagara Falls for Lyme Awareness

May 17, 2013: Niagara Falls going green for Lyme Disease Awareness for the first time ever! Arrangements were made for people to arrive from all over to witness the event. We planned to meet at Table Rock around 8 pm. Some were inside, getting coffee and staying dry.

The tulips were gorgeous and just had to make it into a picture! No, it was not raining, for those who have not yet visited these falls - the spray is carried everywhere so always remember a jacket or something if you don't want to get wet!

Brought a T-shirt for the next day's Brampton Lyme Awareness Day for Jim Wilson, president of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, and pinned it to his back. He let me -- brave man! 

 Nine o' clock and the lights turn green for the first time ever to highlight the Falls.

Green lights on the Falls for Lyme Awareness - what a wonderful sight! Pity it is needed, but so grateful for this vehicle to carry awareness.

Nina brought her beautiful dog -- and used the time to chat to everyone, meet people and to make connections. Her Lyme Disease had kept her housebound for most of the last two years. This disease just takes so much from so many people, even if it is not visible at first glance. 

Green lights on the American Falls against the darkening sky at 9:10 pm. The lights are housed on the left in this picture. 

Posters to tell the story about ticks, Lyme Disease, Canada Health and more. 

Old friends: Janie, Pam and I met more than a decade ago through an online chatroom, watching webcams in South Africa as wildlife went about their days. We have met several times in real life, and they came to show support at Niagara Falls. 

Setting up, trying to get a group shot of the 40+ people who attended the green Niagara Falls. 

Lisa Hilton in the USA captured a screen grab from the webcam over Niagara Falls. While we were there, I sent cell phone pictures to Facebook and people were commenting. Even from South Africa --- Pam was watching at 10 to four in the morning, with her little dog on her lap, in real time as history was made at Niagara Falls. What a wonderful experience to be a part of this event! 

Friends together with Arno behind the camera: Carolyn, Kim, Pam, Janie and Kevin.

Dr. Ernie Murakami poses for a picture with Christene (?), Marie and Debra.  

LymeSavers: Kevin, Cari and Bob

Jim with his T-shirt pinned to his back, and Kim chatting in front of the Falls. 

These are only a few of the pictures taken on Friday, May 17. Some 40 pictures are on an online album HERE if you want to see.

All in all, a magnificent evening! We only got home at midnight and then still had to slice up oranges to prepare for the Brampton Lyme Disease Awareness day the next morning. We only got to bed around 1:30 am and up again at 6:30 am. Busy captioning those pictures to share. It was a great day, glorious sunshine, and with good connections for Lymies, who need the support of the community to life with this disease. 
Watch this space .... 


Paula said...

Beautiful photos, Marlene! Wish I could have been there, too. Slowly the word is getting out so people are aware and can protect themselves. Now we need the medical community to jump on board!

Dave Cottrell said...

This is wonderful to see, Marlene. I wish I could have been there. It's so good to see something as big as this to raise awareness of the reality of Lyme disease in North America. This is an unbelievably horrid disease, and SO difficult to get rid of, if it's not diagnosed early.

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