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15th Annual WA Lyme Picnic | Point Defiance Park | Saturday, 09. September 2017

Lyme friends, join us for a get together like no other!

Harts of Lyme cordially invites you for an afternoon of relaxation, conversation, support and sharing at the 15th Annual WA Lyme Picnic, Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 2 p.m. to dusk at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington (Gig Harbor Viewpoint picnic area). There is no cost to attend, however, donations are welcome.

Not only are we thrilled to have your presence, we are also honored to announce that an extra special guest will be joining us. Harts of Lyme warmly welcomes guest speaker, Jordan Fisher Smith! Those of us in the Lyme community know him well as the narrator and one of the feature story subjects of the acclaimed documentaries, Under Our Skin and Emergence. He is also the author of two books (Nature Noir and Engineering Eden), a park ranger and an international Lyme activist and speaker.

Important details:

Who: A special event for Lyme patients and those who support them (family, friends, medical professionals, other interested community supporters and even four-legged friends).

What: The 15th Annual WA Lyme Picnic (a potluck) sponsored by Harts of Lyme (patient Anna Willo and her parents Lorraine and Matt) and Mike and Gigi Saunders. There is no cost to attend the event; small donations are welcome, if able. No one will be turned away from the event if unable to donate. Please RSVP to this event page. You are welcome to send us a private Facebook message or email us to Willo, at borreliaetc@gmail.com to RSVP as well. If you have any questions, please feel free contact Anna Willo, at borreliaetc@gmail.com

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 2 p.m. to dusk

Where: Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, Washington, Gig Harbor Viewpoint picnic area/shelter. Follow the green balloons from the park entrance to the event area. To learn more about this picnic area and view a map, follow this link: . There will be a parking lot and handicap-accessible restrooms, just a few steps from the picnic shelter.

Why: Our mission and vision of this event is to share a relaxing afternoon and evening where we can reflect, share, have conversations and visit with old friends and welcome new ones in a beautiful and tranquil setting. This time we get the added bonus of listening to and having a talk with Jordan Fisher Smith.

What to Bring:
• Yourself and those who support you!

• This picnic is a potluck so we ask that you to bring a dish to share with others. Due to the dietary restrictions for many, please note the following guidelines: Please bring a written ingredient list and specify whether your food is organic or nonorganic; this information should accompany your potluck contribution. Please try to avoid the following ingredients:
*gluten, dairy, alcohol and sugar.

We look forward to your delightful dishes! Many thanks in advance.

• Please bring your own beverages (important note: alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the park).

• The shelter is reserved with minimal seating and tables. Please bring chairs or blankets to make yourselves comfortable.

• Do you have extra supplements that you don't need or old books you'd like to pass on? Please bring anything Lyme-related to the park for others. There will be table available for everyone to be able to look over, and perhaps pick up a thing or two. With supplements, please check expiration dates. Thank you in advance for helping and supporting others!

Please DON’T bring:

• Picnic supplies, such as plates, napkins and utensils. We’ll supply all of those.

• To maintain a comfortable and safe environment for all, this is a fragrance-free event. This means please refrain from wearing any perfumes, scented body-products and scented clothing (from laundry detergent). No smoking or vaping of any kind will be allowed at this event.

• To keep a low-key and relaxing environment for guests, loud music and noisy games, sports equipment or the like will not be allowed.

Final important details:

• While children and dogs are welcome to the event, please keep in mind that we want to keep the environment as tranquil as possible for our Lyme patients.

• The weather is the Puget Sound region of Washington State is lovely in September. We’ll post regular weather reports as we get closer to the event so that you can be prepared.

• Please RSVP to this event page. You are welcome to send us a private Facebook message or email us to Willo, at borreliaetc@gmail.com to RSVP as well. If you have any questions, please feel free contact Willo, at borreliaetc@gmail.com

We are looking forward to seeing you!
  • I can't believe it...just ten days now! Looking forward to seeing you all there. xo
  • We are very happy to announce that Dr Ernie Murakami will be doing a Skype talk at the picnic (after Jordan Fisher Smith speaks) about his research with using CBD Oil from Hemp and how this is tremendously helping patients. Thank you, Dr. M, for making our picnic just that little bit more special! <3
  • THIS for a Thursday morning. Ah, nature 💚☀️🌳
  • Everyday is a picnic when you're with friends. Looking forward to seeing new friends and old friends at this year's picnic! 💚😊
  • sign to look for while driving on Five Mile
  • parking along 5 Mile Drive
  • you are/will be here
  • bathrooms!
  • looking at the water from up in the shelter
  • the picnic area
  • view of the Narrows from Pt. Defiance Park Gig Harbor Viewpoint Picnic shelter
  • THIS from picnic special guest, Jordan Fisher Smith.
  • I just wrote to one of our Senators, Patty Murray. And I actually got teary at the end when I read it aloud. lol ============ Dear Ms. Murray, Hello from Gig Harbor! First, as one of your constituents, I have to say thank you, thank you, thank you for the tireless work you do for health care. If it wasn't for you and Maria Cantwell working so hard to keep Obamacare law, I would be one of the Americans looking at losing my healthcare. Thank you so much for fighting. And thank you for reaching out to anyone willing to work at health care with The People in mind. I'm disabled by multiple tick-borne infections, I rely on Washington's Medicaid for my physical and psychological needs. I'm turning 37 in December and have been chronically ill my entire ***** life with the manifestations of Borrelia (Lyme disease), Bartonella, Babesia, and Mycoplasma. I was bitten in 1998, at 17 years old, and it took 8 years to find a doctor here in WA who could help me. We made incredible strides (I got out of a wheelchair!) but I'm still dealing with many symptoms to this day which require not only medical doctors, but caregivers at home, home care nurses to come check my IV line, a talk therapist and a psychiatrist (anyone who has been dealing with disabilities this long should be a little down, anxious or mad about their situation. I'm a really positive person but this all sometimes gets to me, naturally.) But I also serve the people, with my family I put on support groups when our area needs it. I have an online group with over 130 other people in Western WA who are ill with tick borne infections. Every May my mother holds rallies to raise awareness (and we would love to make May Lyme Awareness Month but Gov. Inslee requires an NPO to back a proclamation. I'm on disability, of course I can't form/run an NPO. lol) One thing we have been able to do: This year we (the patients and their families) are putting on our 15th Annual Picnic for the chronically ill!! September 9th, 2017 Tacoma's Pt. Defiance Park Gig Harbor Viewpoint Picnic shelter 2p - dusk This year, because 15 is a number to celebrate, we've invited Jordan Fisher Smith -- an author, speaker, ex park ranger and narrator of a documentary about tick borne infections (Under Our Skin) -- to come speak, he starts at **. We are having doctors, nurses, medical and nursing students, park rangers, and gardeners from California to British Columbia showing interest besides the regular patients and their families this year. This is wonderful news. And of course, Senator Murray, you or someone from your office would be more than welcome if you wanted to talk to local people who are in a peculiar place when it comes to health care. I'm sure with a bit of reading you'll see the divide over the very definition of Lyme disease (and its testing, and its treatment, etc) between the CDC/infectious diseases society of America and ILADS (international Lyme and associated diseases society). Patients get caught between politics and two schools of thought with tick borne infections... and some, like me, stay very ill for the rest of their lives. It's terrible, but I can take what I've learned and help other people. I've comforted many patients and caregivers while their worlds fall apart. Anyway, I'm sorry I didn't mean to start rambling on at you. I wanted to let you know about the picnic - even if you can't come, I would be happy that you know this picnic happens every year in your state by determined people, perhaps driven by the same Washington Spirit that drives our determined Senators. Thank you so much for reading this, I appreciate your time. I appreciate your fighting attitude, please, never lose that. We need more women in D.C. like you. Respectfully, Anna
  • #TuesdayThoughts and #truth from event special guest, Jordan Fisher Smith.
  • Happy Friday! 😍 Let's kick off that Friday feeling with some words for event special guest, Jordan Fisher Smith!
  • 💚WE💚: A little mid-week local #love, #inspiration and #empowerment from our special event guest, Jordan Fisher Smith!
  • We'll be talking with Jordan this evening. Picnic is coming up fast!
  • Hungry? Well, whet your appetite by checking out these yummy (and healthy) picnic foods. Enjoy! 🍅🥑🍎🍇🥕🌽🥙
  • Learn more about the 15th Annual WA Lyme Picnic's special guest, Jordan Fisher Smith!
  • Fun Fact Friday: Did you know that the "picnic" event has actually been around since the Middle Ages? Join us for that longtime, historic and beloved tradition September 9, 2017!
  • Did you know that the average temperature in Tacoma, WA in September is in the low 70's? Lovely weather for a picnic, indeed!
  • Fun fact Friday: Here was the headline for the "Tacoma Daily Ledger" on July 3, 1892: "Tacoma's Great Pride" which to referred to Point Defiance Park. Four years after that newspaper headline appeared, the park was reality and considered the natural gem of Tacoma (a title that still fits today in 2017). This beautiful historic and iconic park is going to be the backdrop for our picnic. Learn more about the park here!
  • To share: Enclosed are two different flyers for the 15th Annual WA Lyme Picnic that you are welcome to download, print and share with others! 💚
  • Here's a little event slideshow inspiration to kick off your weekend! ♡