Paving a Medical
Path to Wellness for
Lyme Disease Patients
Paving a Medical Path to Wellness
Join us in our mission—paving a medical path to wellness for patients at all stages of Lyme disease. With the goal of ending prolonged suffering, the Stand4Lyme Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure. We are challenging and disrupting the traditional research barriers that delay solutions reaching patients―keeping the runway clear for acceleration!
We support the efforts of the Stanford Lyme Disease Working Group’s Research Programs (SLWG). Focusing Stand4Lyme’s fundraising efforts at Stanford University School of Medicine draws upon Stanford’s strong tradition of academic freedom and interdisciplinary collaboration, with a proven track record of translating scientific discovery into solutions for complex challenges.
Transforming the landscape through collaboration, members of Stanford’s Lyme Disease Working Group share our fundamental belief that diverse scientific contributions integrated in a shared vision are required to transform the landscape of Lyme disease research and alleviate the burden of Lyme disease. The results of these far-reaching and interdisciplinary efforts will be disseminated to expedite awareness and implementation of emerging viable solutions for diagnosing and treating Lyme disease. The group currently includes scientists from over a dozen different disciplines and departments, who also collaborate with scientists at other leading institutions, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Tulane and Duke. Collaboration offers the greatest potential to bring about greatly needed solutions in diagnosis and treatment—sustaining our hope for a cure.
The Stand4Lyme Foundation facilitates resources for the Stand4Lyme Fund that was established at the Stanford University School of Medicine to inspire and support this extraordinary group of clinicians and scientists, the SLWG, who share our sense of urgency to accelerate cutting-edge research and expedite medical advances for Lyme disease. Through a contribution to the Stanford Stand4Lyme Fund, you have the exciting opportunity to stand united behind this exceptional platform for investing in solutions.
By directing tools and resources to support and connect innovators in the field, new technologies from many fields of medicine can be more quickly leveraged to fuel breakthroughs in Lyme diagnostics and treatment. This effort translates to a medical pathway for wellness and a more promising future for Lyme patients.
Transforming Lyme through Collaboration
Stanford Lyme Working Group
The world's top scientists share their insight on Lyme disease
Lyme disease, a public health epidemic, is the fastest growing infectious disease in the US, costing our health care system billions annually. The CDC estimates there are over 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease reported each year - 6x times more cases than HIV. Yet, the National Institute of Health Lyme budget is less than 1% of HIV. Research is significantly underfunded, leaving millions with profound lifelong altering affects. If not treated early, the Lyme causing spirochete bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, similar to syphilis, can progress to a debilitating stage and can potentially be fatal. New studies suggest transmission of Lyme may no longer be limited to a bite of an infected tick and children may contract Lyme in utero. Absence of reliable diagnostic testing often causes Lyme patients to be misdiagnosed with other diseases, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Autism and Alzheimer’s and leaves our blood banks at risk with no curative treatment.
The Stand4Lyme Founders, Sherry and Laird Cagan, initiated the Stanford Lyme Disease Working Group. They established the Stand4Lyme Fund at Stanford University through their supporting and visionary efforts and are focused on facilitating greater levels of support―to make a significant impact on Lyme research. Their commitment draws from firsthand experience with the devastating effects associated with this persistent disease.
Accelerating solutions through philanthropy and actively utilizing their network for advocacy, the Stand4Lyme Founders facilitate key collaborations. This support helps bridge research gaps, while leveraging Stanford's proven track record of translating scientific discovery into solutions for complex challenges. By pooling the resources of many, we can facilitate a pipeline of research―new projects as well as promising projects at critical stages of development. By disrupting traditional research barriers, we will expedite medical advances for Lyme disease leading to a brighter future for Lyme patients.
Donate: Join Us Through Your Philanthropy
Help pave a medical path to wellness for Lyme disease patients.
“Make a significant impact on the lives of millions,”
by supporting the efforts of the Stand4Lyme Foundation,
a Silicon Valley based 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Contributions support the Stanford Lyme Working Group Research,
via the Stand4Lyme Fund at Stanford University.
The Stand4Lyme leadership team volunteer their efforts
and are dedicated to accelerating a cure.
Stand4Lyme® Foundation's mission is to pave a medical path to wellness for Lyme disease patients — with the goal of ending the prolonged suffering of millions. Stand4Lyme supports the Stanford Lyme Disease Working Group, a research program that its founders, Sherry and Laird Cagan initiated. Stand4Lyme is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Lyme through a transformative collaborative research approach, a platform that the world can get behind. They are disrupting the conventional fragmented and inherently slow research model — eliminating time barriers, bridging gaps and creating a pipeline of research — while leveraging Stanford's proven track record of translating scientific discovery into solutions for complex challenges. Through the Stand4Lyme’s strategic mission and leadership, they are able to raise support via the Stand4Lyme Fund at the Stanford School of Medicine, marshaling key research scientists — including dedicated heads of departments—resources and pooled funding to transform the current underfunded Lyme paradigm. Scientists at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Columbia, Tulane, and Duke, all who share a commitment and sense of urgency to develop reliable diagnostic and curative treatments for Lyme and tick-borne diseases, collaborate to address this public health epidemic. These interdisciplinary collaborations, from over a dozen different departments, are enabling scientists to build upon each other’s work, share findings, and transcend traditional research barriers to benefit patients more quickly — leading to a brighter future for all Lyme patients. Stand4Lyme is a Silicon Valley-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is volunteer led.
Accelerating a Cure
“We are honored to have the support of the Stand4Lyme Foundation. Its founders Sherry and Laird Cagan have been steady supporters of Stanford University and have been instrumental in helping advance national research for Lyme disease. In their personal quest for a curative treatment and as catalysts for the creation of the Stanford Lyme Disease Working Group, they inspire us to accelerate medical advancements to make Lyme disease history.”
-Mark Davis, PhD and Laura Roberts, MD, MA, Co-Directors, Stanford Lyme Disease Working Group