NEWS: Lyme activist Richard Gerstner, of CT, has died
He raised money for Lyme disease research and was instrumental in founding Columbia’s Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Research Center.
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- July 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm
Aww sorry to hear this. Will list this on my fundraiser website too. RIP Richard <3
- July 26, 2012 at 1:18 am
So sorry to hear of Richards death-we all hope that there is going to be a ‘cure’ for Lyme before we die. Condolances to his family,
- July 26, 2012 at 6:04 am
Richard, I wish I could of known and thanked you personally for all the amazing and selfless work you did for helping Lyme Disease get the research and resources it needed. From this fellow Lyme sufferer, you are a hero, and the bravest kind there is. You fought when there were not a lot of supporters, money and energy to do so. You fought when you yourself were tired from fighting this disease. Most importantly you never gave up on putting a bright light and a loud voice and force on the shadows that kept important information and knowledge from being kept in the dark any longer. Thank you Richard. You will not be forgotten and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Bless you. I celebrate your life and happy your body is finally freed from this illness. Our prayers to your family and may they know there are many who will never forget you, a hero who gain us many victories.
- August 5, 2012 at 10:19 am
Words can not express our collective gratitude for all he has done. Bits of the truth have rained down on this illness, until the former lies have been drowned out, and now there is hope where none previously existed. This brave man and his efforts will never be forgotten. Thank you so much!
- February 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm
I just learned about Richard’s story. I am sad he died at such an early age. It is a story I can relate to well. I worked at IBM for 26 years as an engineer/sales professional. I was a top peformer throughout my IBM career. The last 12 I suffered from horrible “fibromyalgia’ that turned neurological in 2006 with MS type symptoms but no diagnosis-optic neuritis, numbness, balance, extreme brain fog, jerking etc. Treatments provoked more than herx reactions-but autoimmune attacks that progressed the disease. By 2010 I could longer work I became so ill from a drug therapy. My long term disability was rejected by IBM/Metlife. I was terminated in 2012. It is sad that with stories of high level executives like Richard Gersnter and chronic lyme, IBM through Metlife denies their employees LTD for it.
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