In northern Virginia, Lyme disease, a debilitating tick-borne illness has become an epidemic. When the wife of Steve Gotcschi, owner of NRCA member DryHome Roofing, Sterling, Va., contracted Lyme disease, he immediately began working to raise money to find a cure and promote a greater awareness of the disease.
For five years, he has organized the annual Loudoun Lyme 5K Run, which has raised more than $175,000 for Lyme disease education through the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, a nonprofit organization committed to helping patients diagnosed with Lyme and tick-borne diseases through education, support and advocacy.
The entire staff of DryHome Roofing works on the Lyme Run volunteering during the race day. The effort bolsters team spirit and makes them feel like they are making a difference because so many of them know people who suffer from Lyme disease.
“We take pride in raising money to help educate the public about Lyme disease, its symptoms, possible treatments and prevention,” says Gotcshi.
This year, DryHome Roofing raised more than $50,000 for The National Capital Lyme Disease Association.