A man is biking across the country for a good cause and he hopes to educate people about a debilitating disease.
Since he was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2011, Logan McCulloch has been working to educate the public on the treatment, diagnoses and dangers of Lyme disease. He’s already hiked halfway across the country doing just that and this morning he started his cycling leg of that journey at the Big Four Bridge.
With those supplies, and help from folks along the way, McCulloch will travel nearly 3,000 miles total on his journey to San Francisco.
His mission is Lyme disease awareness.
“This epidemic is in every state in the nation and is spreading faster than any other epidemic in our country,” said McCulloch
On Friday morning, others battling Lyme disease gathered for a sendoff for McCulloch.
Among those is Michelle Womble. She and her two sons, 14-year-old Alex and 12-year-old Logan, contracted the disease about five years ago at Mammoth cave.
“They had tick bites all over them they were all over our gear, everything,” Womble said.
She says they went to four different doctors before anyone tested them for Lyme disease.
“Many of those people here today that have been battling this were misdiagnosed for all those years,” McCulloch said.
That is something McCulloch says is an issue in this area — the closest Lyme disease specialist is in Indianapolis.
“If I wouldn’t have pursued it and kept pushing we probably wouldn’t be here today,” Womble said.
The disease has been debilitating for her sons.
“It is a nightmare,” Womble said.
Her oldest is confined to a bed and has missed three years of school. Her youngest suffers from chronic pain, stinging sensations and heart problems.
The key to recovery is early diagnosis.
“I’m really lucky that I’m one of those Lyme patients that were able to recover my health,” McCulloch said.
To help Logan along on his journey: www.trekfortruth.org
Kentuckiana lyme disease support group: www.kentuckyindianalymesupport.org
More information on lyme disease: www.lymedisease.org