Man Bikes Across Country To Fund Lyme Disease Research

Man Bikes Across Country To Fund Lyme Disease Research

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A young man from Madison, New Jersey has been fighting Lyme disease since he was nine years old. Now, 24-year-old John Donnally is cycling across the country to spread the word and fight for a cure. It's called "Bite Back For A Cure."

Mike Jerrick talked to John Donnally today as he arrived in Philadelphia. John has gone more than 3,500 miles. He started at the Golden Gate Bridge and today is Day 56. He has 150 miles left of his cross-country journey.

"I've been pretty tired, but it's been easy to stay inspired," Donnally said. "I've been meeting with lots of Lyme Disease patients along the way, and they've been so well supportive."

Donnally was officially diagnosed with Lyme disease when he was 13, he tells Good Day. It took that long, according to him, because the diagnostic test for the disease is not effective, and that's one of the missions of his bike ride—to raise money to fund research into a better Lyme disease test. Donnally experienced Lyme disease symptoms throughout high school and college. When he graduated and started working in New York, he made it a mission to take action against something that played such a lasting role in his life.

Donnally's journey on the road has not always been smooth so far. In Colorado, he actually biked through a blizzard!

"Going up to 11,300 feet of elevation, and it was difficult," he admitted.

John is expected to end his trip in New York City on December 1st. You can find out more about the organization that's helping sponsor him, the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance, here: http://tbdalliance.org/get-involved/bite-back

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