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Sen. Blumenthal Of Greenwich Hails Pioneer In Lyme Disease Cause

Sen. Richard Blumenthal will honor Dr. Brian A. Fallon as a "true pioneer" of Lyme Disease advocacy during the "Time for Lyme" gala next month.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal will honor Dr. Brian A. Fallon as a "true pioneer" of Lyme Disease advocacy during the "Time for Lyme" gala next month. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- When Richard Blumenthal of Greenwich salutes Dr. Brian A. Fallon as a true pioneer of Lyme disease advocacy at the Time for Lyme gala next month, many others will be hailing the U.S. senator as well.

Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has worked for nearly 20 years with Global Lyme Alliance in Greenwich.

But after years of pushing legislation to help find a cure or better treatments for Lyme disease, Blumenthal is turning the spotlight on someone he described as a “true pioneer in the study of chronic Lyme disease." He salutes Fallon, director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center, who will be honored with the Lauren F. Brooks Hope Award during the Global Lyme Alliance gala next month.

“It’s an honor to be part of this year’s Gala to celebrate efforts of incredible individuals in the field — especially Dr. Brian Fallon,” said Blumenthal, who has worked closely with Global Lyme Alliance over the years. “I look forward to continuing my partnership with the Global Lyme Alliance in the fight to eradicate this pernicious public health threat.”

Global Lyme Alliance Vice Chair Diane Blanchard also praised Blumenthal.

“We also thank Senator Blumenthal for being there in the early years when Global Lyme Alliance was but a dream toward which we were striving,” Blanchard said. “I still remember when the Senator first announced plans for his Lyme disease bill. I’m proud to say that his commitment to improving the lives of Lyme disease patients and being a friend to GLA has never wavered.”

The gala will be held Saturday, April 2, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich. It will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, and both silent and live auctions. For more information, or to purchase tables or tickets, visit GlobalLymeAlliance.org or call 203-969-1333.

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