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“Real Housewives” Star Yolanda Foster Says Lyme Disease Led to “Some of the Darkest Days of My Life”
Date:4/9/2013

orts to fund Lyme and other tick-borne research initiatives. “Be part of making a difference in the world,” she said.

Prior to Foster receiving her award, the collaborative team of Drs. Steven Schutzer, MD, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Mark Eshoo, Ph.D., director of new technology at Ibis, a subsidiary of Abbott, received the Lauren F. Brooks Hope Award for their ongoing and unfaltering commitment to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases research.

In addition to the Gala, Saturday morning LRA hosted its fourth annual closed-door Lyme Research Symposium for about 20 eminent members of the scientific community who are either current LRA grant recipients of members of LRA’s newly-expanded Scientific Advisory Board.

Diane Blanchard, LRA’s co-president, told the Gala audience that LRA conducts the peer-to-peer scientific forum for researchers to “share their ideas, their research and create new opportunities to work together.”

“Our eyes have always been on the prize and we are, and will always be, committed to a cure,” Blanchard said.     

Presenting sponsors for the Gala were Craig and Deborah Cogut, Mark and Brett Kristoff, and the Hilfiger family. Other sponsors included Macy’s and Bloomingdales, Pepe Auto Group, Starwood Capital Group, BNY Mellon Capital Markets, The Estee Lauder Companies, Moffly Media-Greenwich Magazine, and Greenwich Hospital.

LRA’s Gala is its largest fundraiser of the year and proceeds fund important medical research projects. LRA is the leading private funding organization for cutting-edge research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases by universities and major medical institutions around the U.S. In 2007, LRA partnered with Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and the Lyme Disease Association to endow the nation’s first Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at Columbia.
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