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About the Lyme Disease Association

In 1991, the Lyme Disease Association began as an informal group and then incorporated as Lyme Disease Association of Central Jersey, Inc. (LDACJ) in 1992 and then became Lyme Disease Association of New Jersey, Inc. (LDANJ) in 1993. It was formed by several patients and doctors─the Fordyce and Drulle Families were particularly instrumental ─who saw the need to organize and fund research and educate people. It had first a regional then state focus.
In 1997, Pat Smith became President of LDANJ and it began to have influence far beyond NJ borders.  She saw the increasing need for a national organization. Supported by entreaties from doctors and patients alike, the LDANJ Board of Directors in 2000 changed the name to Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) and changed the focus to a national one, which had a broader mission expanding research funding (LDA funded research has appeared in 35 scientific journal publications to date) and including patient support, e.g., LymeAid 4 Kids fund. At that time, LDA decided to remain an all volunteer organization without paid employees so that all monies would be dedicated to the mission.  In 2013, 144 individuals volunteered 22,840 hours to assist with LDA programs. Additionally, LDA created a loose umbrella, LDAnet, where other groups could strategize and collaborate with LDA to impact Lyme disease issues nationally.

Printable Brochure About the LDA Print E-mail

This brochure summarizes many of the programs and services that the LDA has to offer.  You can download the brochure and hand it out to the public so it can see what products and services the LDA has available.

 Printable Brochure About the LDA

About the LDA Print E-mail

The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, a charity focusing on research, education, prevention and patient support.

LDA Strategic Goals & Objectives Print E-mail

Reduce the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases (TBD) throughout the general population; reduce the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in children; educate physicians about Lyme and other tick-borne...


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Lyme Disease Association, Inc.
PO Box 1438, Jackson, NJ 08527
888-366-6611 |  information line
732-938-7215 |  fax
LDA@LymeDiseaseAssociation.org | email