Family donated $1.4M so U of G can Study Lyme Disease
Toronto man, Gabe Magnotta passed away at 60 years old, in 2009 from complications of Lyme disease. His wife and business partner Rossana Magnotta created a nonprofit foundation in 2012 to honor him, the G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector-Borne Disease.
- Gabe died of Lyme disease. His family donated $1.4M so UofG could study it
“The University of Guelph is opening a research lab dedicated to improving testing and treatment for Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacteria that is increasingly affecting Canadians across the country. The Ontario university’s lab is being set up with a $1.4-million grant from the G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector-Borne Diseases, named for Magnotta Winery co-founder Gabe Magnotta.
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“The disease “devastated our family, and has been the single most horrific struggle we have ever faced,” Rossana Magnotta said in a statement. “Most people know very little about Lyme disease or how serious, chronic, debilitating and fatal it can be. Lyme sufferers are an isolated community of their own.”