One primary focus of the Foundation is the establishment and operation of Canada's first research facility to study Lyme Disease and eventually other vector-borne illnesses. It will also educate medical professionals and the public through workshops and seminars. Vector-borne diseases are transmitted to humans through the bite of infected vectors such as mosquitoes and especially ticks which are predicted to increase significantly in population in Canada by 2020.
Lyme Disease in Canada
Lyme Disease is a common vector-borne disease now found in all Canadian provinces and is expected to grow with the increased speed of tick invasion. One of the top 10 misdiagnosed diseases in the world, this multi-system infection can attack a person's heart, brain, muscles, bones, digestive system, skin, eyesight, hearing and more. It can cause symptoms that mimic Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinsonism resulting in a prolonged misdiagnosis.
Partnering with HRH
The new state-of-the-art Humber River Hospital in Toronto, which opened in 2015, is the first fully digital acute care hospital in North America. HRH has partnered with the Foundation to create a world-class research program for vector-borne illnesses. The development process has begun. It will lead to better diagnostics and treatment for Canadians, many of whom have had to leave the country to get the accurate testing and proper care they need which Canada currently lacks.