“…to provide clients and care partners with tick-borne disease a place to find guidance and emotional support on a path to wellness”
“…to educate the community by providing: material, forums and workshops on the issues surrounding tick-borne disease.”
“…to advocate for better education, knowledge, treatment and awareness of tick-borne diseases.”
“…to connect tick-borne disease support and educational groups across Massachusetts and beyond.”
The Lyme Disease Resource Center, Inc. (LDRC) an all-volunteer, community-based, 501(c)(3) organization was founded in 2013 by Maria Malaguti. Maria contracted Lyme Disease and co-infections in 1997. Her experience living with chronic illness, and the challenges it poses, motivated her to create the LDRC to help others living with tick-borne illnesses and commitment to offering free services.
The Lyme Disease Resource Center’s mission is to be a peer guided, supportive and safe place for those living with Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses and their care partners, sharing strategies and resources for living well.
Based in Northampton, MA with virtual support options, we provide a safe and confidential environment supporting clients and educating our community. We provide support, training, and appropriate skills to navigate the complex issues surrounding Lyme, tick-borne illness, and related caregiving. We provide free support groups, holistic therapies, peer counseling, and workshops, all with a focus on finding personalized creative solutions to obstacles clients face on their path to wellness. All of this is offered through the work of volunteers, practitioners partnering with the LDRC, and generous donors.
About Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is thought to be caused by the spirochete (a spiral shaped bacteria), Borrelia burgdorferi, which is similar to the syphilis organism. Lyme Disease does not discriminate by income, gender, age, or culture. Current climate changes are creating a higher risk for infection due to an increased tick population.
According to the CDC:
Lyme Disease is the fastest growing vector-borne, infectious disease in the United States.
The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25x since national surveillance began in 1982.
CDC estimates of new Lyme Disease Cases in the US:
Per Month: 25,000
Per Week: 5,770
Per Day: 822
Per Hour: 34
Lyme disease—Reported cases by age group, United States, 2017
Lyme Disease Resource Center, Inc.
37 Bridge St. #171
Northampton, MA 01061