Funding events upcoming to help teen battling Lyme disease

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Pictou County teen Chelsey Livingstone is still battling Lyme disease and the community is showing its support by helping her financially.

Chelsey Livingstone

This Saturday there will be a dance held at the White Tail in Westville with the band Next Exit playing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The doors open at 7 for viewing of auction items. There will be a 50/50.

“We are hoping for a big crowd to show support for Chelsey,” said Angela Livingstone-Rector, Chelsea’s mother.

The next event is on May 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days at Two Face Tattoos in Stellarton. George Smith and Gordy Stewart will be tattooing both days for the third annual Tattoo-A-Thon held for Chelsey. All proceeds go to help Chelsey. There will be a barbecue, some ticket draws, a bottle drive and live music on Saturday. The tattoos are $40 a piece and this year are horse shoes and four-leaf clovers chosen by Chelsey in hopes of having good luck this year.

“Even if you don't want a tattoo there's a place to leave your pop bottles and you can grab a hot dog or sausage and a drink while there,” Livingstone-Rector said. “We will also have a guest book for everyone to sign and give Chelsey well wishes.”

Chelsey has been seeking treatment in the U.S. and the proceeds from these events will go towards the cost of the trip down to New York, her doctors visit and any medications that will need to be purchased down there that can’t be bought in Canada, her mother said.

There is also a go fund me page made for her under Help for Lyme Disease and the Scotia Bank in New Glasgow still takes donations for her in her account.

The doctor she is seeing in New York has taken her off of antibiotics because they weren't doing anything but making her worse, and has now gotten her on to some more natural medications to see if this will help.

“The visit in June will tell us if natural meds are doing anything for her. We will also find out at that time whether or not I have Lyme as well, and my son.”

She said the community support has been great.

“It means a lot to know that people actually recognize Lyme disease as a disease not just something like the flu. We have fought hard and for a long time to have this disease recognized in Canada. Now with Tim Houston trying to have a Bill passed in support of Lyme disease, I think it is making people more aware and that it just isn't right that we have to travel to the U.S.A. to have her treated.”

Organizations: Scotia Bank

Geographic location: New York, Stellarton, Canada U.S. New Glasgow

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