The Lyme Disease Support Group of Oklahoma (LDSG) started as an informal group in February 2005 with six members. As the membership grew, LDSG expanded to include those suffering from STARI, RMSF, Babeiosis, Bartonella, Ehrlichiosis, and other Tick-Borne Illnesses (TBI). On average LDSG grows by seven new members each month and as of June 2007, has 177 members currently battling their Lyme/Stari illnesses.
LDSG is an ALL volunteer group and 100% of all raised funds go towards programs for education, prevention, research, and patient support.
Funding comes from generous donations and fund raising efforts.
LDSG's meetings are educationally based and normally include guest speakers from both the scientific and medical communities. Meetings are free and open to the public.
LDSG participates in public policy and legislative efforts, insurance and government assistance issues.
LDSG interacts with:
federal and state agencies - including CDC & Health Departments;
medical schools/research centers - including OSU-Tulsa Medical School, OSU Veterinary, OU Health Science Center, and the Lyme Research Center at Columbia University NY;
educational venues - including public school systems and public seminars;
health care communities - including various hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical providers, and the Oklahoma Association of Health Plans (trade group insurance companies in Okla); and
national organizations and foundations - ILADS, LDA, LDF, TFL, etc;