J ody Hudson has lived through a parent’s worst nightmare.
Starting at age 12, her daughter Alex suffered greatly from unrecognized Lyme disease and mast cell activation syndrome. They went from doctor to doctor, endured many tests, and for 10 years, got no real answers.
By the time Alex finally received an accurate diagnosis and started treatment, her body had sustained extensive damage. In a heartbreaking turn of events, Alex passed away at age 22 in 2018.
But her mom was determined to “put purpose and pain together,” to bring forth something good from her daughter’s tragic death. In that spirit, Jody founded the Alex Hudson Lyme Foundation. It’s dedicated to heightening awareness and educating the public—especially young people—about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
Alex Hudson Lyme Foundation Teams Up With GSCCS
Her organization recently teamed up with Girl Scouts of Central California South, based in Fresno, to create a special program called Project Tick. It is designed to teach Girl Scouts of all levels — Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Seniors, and Ambassadors — how to protect themselves from ticks and the diseases they can carry. After the girls have completed the requirements, they earn a patch and are encouraged to educate others about this important topic.
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