The Ticked Off Foundation is dedicated to the prevention, awareness, and support for patients with Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses that have become the fastest-growing infectious diseases in the United States. Their mission is to provide financial assistance and support to Lyme and tick-borne disease patients over the age of 26 who are in crisis. They do this through grants and counseling in an effort to stem the tide of Lyme-related suicides.
"Our mission is to provide financial assistance and support to Lyme and tick-borne disease patients 26 years of age and older who are in crisis. We do this through grants and counseling in an effort to stem the tide of Lyme-related suicides. According to Dr. Joseph Jemsek (MD from Washington, DC), “The most common cause of death in Lyme disease is suicide.” Through our efforts and support through generous donations and sponsors, we hope to put this reality in the past.
To be eligible for a grant from our foundation, a patient must adhere to the following criteria:
- Be a United States citizen currently living in the United States
- Have a provable financial need
- Have a doctor’s/practitioner’s diagnosis or a positive Lyme test
- Be 26 years of age or older
Once you fill out our grant application form, we will be in touch with you to let you know if you qualify and if so, the possible timing of the impending grant.
In the meantime, our foundation also offers free counseling and help with treatment protocols. We never offer medical advice, but we can supply patients with the latest information from respected practitioners in the Lyme community. For this service, please fill out our Contact Us form."
Collect packaging, ship it off for recycling to our partner TerraCycle®for free, and proceeds go to fund grants for Lyme patients through the Ticked Off Foundation. It’s as simple as that!
Everyone can help! Ask friends, family, fellow Lymies to join in your collection. Collect at home and your doctor’s office, workplace, school and church. Engage local businesses, social clubs, and Lyme support groups to donate their recycling, too.
The Ticked Off Music Fest was founded in 2012 by Gregg Kirk, who currently hails from Connecticut, the state where Lyme disease was first discovered. Kirk is the lead singer/songwriter for the band The Zen Engines and former publisher of the Philadelphia/Delaware-based publication Big Shout Magazine. He has also been dealing with chronic Lyme for more than a decade.
Kirk created the Ticked Off Music Fest to become the only ongoing music series solely focused on Lyme disease education, awareness and fundraising. It tends to go to areas where the rate of infection is high but awareness is low.
In 2016 Kirk also founded the Ticked Off Foundation, a Lyme support organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance and support to Lyme disease patients over the age of 26 who are in crisis. The organization does this through grants and counseling in an effort to stem the tide of Lyme-related suicides.