Each day of May for Lyme Awareness Month in 2015, whatislyme.com would like to recognize someone in the Lyme community that has done something to try to help the Lyme community. There are several “unsung heroes” in our community and we would like to just offer them a little recognition and make sure that their achievements and efforts don’t go unnoticed.
Today we would like to recognize Angela LeBrun!
Nominated by her mom, Nancy Bourassa.
Angela is a Co-founder of Lyme411.org in Central New Hampshire, who along with her mother Nancy Bourassa saw a critical need to educate the public and spread awareness. The small support group has grown over the years and participated in events like home shows, awareness walks and annual conferences. The mother/daughter team are both deeply affected by Lyme, but their tenacity runs just as deeply.
Angela feels that the best way to fight Lyme is prevention and awareness. With a career in graphic design and marketing, she turned to the digital public to spread the word as she relapsed earlier this spring. A working Mom with twins, a 9 year old, and a Wounded Warrior husband, she reports that she’s lucky to get the grocery shopping done. She can’t always attend, but her voice is heard!
Angela has a huge following on social media (@angela4design) and growing networks allow her to share video, photos, facts with everyone. She’s found that her posts are shared with disbelief in the captions like “Have you seen this?!”, clearly sharing information that would have been unknown otherwise. Just in the first half of May, her tweets have reached more than 7 million people, with 9.83 million in April, largely promoting the Lyme Disease Challenge and other grass roots campaigns all over the world, from Melbourne to Washington DC.
By leveraging the online community and saying the words Lyme Disease over and over, social media is becoming a powerful tool for change, one life at a time.