Samantha Reuter: Annual Lyme Life Awareness “Green Light” Campaign Founder

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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 thank Samantha!

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In 2011 a Lyme Patient named Samantha had an idea.
She thought it would be a really good awareness campaign to have people replace their porch lightbulbs with green bulbs to “light up green” for Lyme Awareness month, which is every May. This idea grew and not only did people change there porch bulbs, but whole buildings lit up green!

And this is what happened… the world lit up green!

Samantha's light in New Jersey
Samantha’s light in New Jersey
porch lights green
Florida
Mel’s Porch Light in Kentucky
Mel’s Porch Light in Kentucky
Indiana
Indiana
Florida
Florida
Platteville, Wisconsin
Platteville, Wisconsin

Several houses all over the US lit up green for May, Lyme awareness Month.

And Businesses…

Historic Christiansburg Post Office in VA, shining green night and day, during the month of May, for Lyme Disease Awareness.
Historic Christiansburg Post Office in VA, shining green night and day, during the month of May, for Lyme Disease Awareness.
The RSA Tower is the tallest building in the Capitol City. As it is seen from different locations in the downtown area.Photo Credit: Kevin Wolfe
The RSA Tower is the tallest building in the Capitol City. As it is seen from different locations in the downtown area.Photo Credit: Kevin Wolfe
Photo Credit: Kevin Wolfe
Photo Credit: Kevin Wolfe

It caught on and look what happened around the world!

Australia

Western Australia, Perth: Council House.  Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May
Western Australia, Perth: Council House.
Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May
Victoria, Melbourne: Federation Square.  From 6pm Friday 10th  – 7am Sunday 12th May
Victoria, Melbourne: Federation Square.
From 6pm Friday 10th – 7am Sunday 12th May

This was only the tip of the iceberg, see what other Australian Landmarks lit up green for May.
Click Here for more pictures!

Canada

Niagara Falls Turning Green for Lyme Awareness Month

Learn more about this on Meerkat’s Heap.

And…

Imagine this Lyme patient’s suprise when the whole block lit up green for her! She didn’t even know they were going to! She just went to take her dog for a walk, and saw this!

greenRead Full Story Here on “Neighbors Light Up Green for Amy.”

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So that was one little idea that turned into a huge activism campaign that now has been going for years!

But… Samantha does so much more then just this. She makes awesome posters for awareness…

lyme awareness posters

She also had a blog! And Samantha has a very inspirational story, so please check it out! Very encouraging!
Samantha’s Lyme Life.

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So anyways, Samantha is one heck of a warrior and we would just like to thank her for all that she has done to promote Lyme awareness! And just to inspire you even more, Samantha is not only doing better, but she has a healthy little 1 year old running around now! It can happen, you can get better!

Thank you Samantha!

Feel free to write a comment in the comment section below for Samantha! 

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