PA Lyme Resource Network is the statewide group — an umbrella organization to 13 regional groups.
PA Lyme Resource Network, PALRN, was formally founded in 2012 by individuals compelled by personal experiences to help others affected by Lyme and Tick-borne diseases (Lyme/TBD).
The founders and/or their family (often a child) all have Lyme/TBD. Each started or actively supported a local Lyme group. The “Lyme Journey” is often traumatic, not just because of the illness, but also the fear, uncertainty, frustration, anger, and financial hardship that often comes with it.
The founders formed PA Lyme Resource Network to help others navigate this exceedingly complex and controversial disease.
Pennsylvania continues to be #1 in the U.S. in reported cases of Lyme disease, with cases increasing each year. A 2015 PA Department of Environmental Protection study reported Lyme and other Tick-borne diseases in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.
Prior to this Lyme was considered a regional issue (primarily Southeast Pennsylvania). The need for PA Lyme Resource Network’s mission of Lyme prevention, support, education, and patient advocacy has never been more important.