Logan McCulloch’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail for Lyme Disease

Many of us are outdoor enthusiasts, campers, hikers, and spiritually connected to nature. The beauty, power and joy of living close to the wilderness lifts and inspires us.

I am a landscape painter. The magic of nature moves me deeply. My memoir “Out of the Woods” depicts my close kinship and energetic support from the snowy winter cathedrals and the alpine vistas. I became horrifically ill with advanced misdiagnosed Lyme disease after 42 years of living with sheer trust and abandonment amid forests and babbling streams. Many of us became infected with Lyme during our time outdoors.

Awareness, prevention, early diagnostics are key issues all of us need to be alert to in today’s Lyme disease epidemic explosion, as ticks are multiplying at rates beyond historically normal (and living in habitats formerly devoid). Lyme disease is not regional , but all throughout North America and the globe.

A very brave, spirited man named Logan McCulloch has done something remarkable. After suffering with a dire case of chronic Lyme disease himself, he has resisted the fear so many feel and has been hiking the entire length of the East Coast on the Appalachian Trail on a mission to educate about Lyme disease!

Hiking the miles of the AT is a feat in itself, and Logan has been working en route. Please join us on Lyme Light Radio, Wednesday February 26, 1pm PT/4pm ET as Logan McCulloch brings us his story, his journey, his discoveries and commitment to the Lyme disease equation.

This should be a very interesting interview, as we get a ground level view of just what the Lyme and tick situation is deep in the forests of the East Coast.

ImageIn many ways Logan McCulloch feels as if he’s prepared for this project for most of his adult life. He is 52 years old and a native of Louisville, Kentucky. For the past 20+ years he has been a non-profit executive with expertise in fundraising, marketing, public relations and public speaking. His current position is Chief Development Officer for the Kentuckian Region of the American Red Cross. In 2003 he hiked 215 miles of The AT and The Long Trail in Vermont over a two week period. During that trek he adopted the trail name (pseudonyms are common among long distance hikers) “Unitic” which now seems somewhat prophetic given the nature and goals of this adventure.

Being an experienced backpacker he thought he was well informed about the facts of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. He was wrong. As he began to personally experience the frustration and suffering caused by the misinformation and ignorance surrounding Lyme disease within his region and across the country, he chose to become active in the public awareness and advocacy efforts of the Kentuckian Lyme Disease Support Group. Since the spring of 2012 he has utilized the skills and relationships developed over his professional career and worked with a core group of veteran “Lyme Warriors” to succeed in:

•Conversing and sharing information with the leading tick entomologist at the University of Kentucky, and the state veterinarian and Assistant Director of the Kentucky Division of Epidemiology (February).

•Having an article published describing my story in the Louisville Courier-Journal (April).

•Hosting a free community screening of the documentary Under Our Skin (May).

•Conducting personal meetings with the Executive Director of the Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS), as well as the Director and staff of the Kentucky Division of Epidemiology (June).

•Getting a front-page above the fold article published entitled “Lyme Disease is Under Reported in Kentucky,” that profiled one of the members of our group and included supportive quotes from key staff at the Kentucky Division of Epidemiology, the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology and the GLMS.

This is a book give away show, too! The first 5 callers to WBLQ at 800-930-2819 will receive autographed copies of my award winning book “Out of the Woods”

Logan and I share a deep love of nature. With his journey into the woods I feel it is fitting I share “Out of the Woods” with our audience, for this is a book or true inspiration and recovery tools.

Thank you Logan and to my team at Transformation Talk Radio, the Dr. Pat Show and WBLQ 1230 AM. Plus my trusty assistants Charlotte Ruth, Jake Carr, Luba Williams (FB posters) and Chloe Rapp – you all help make Lyme Light Radio the hit show we hoped it would be! This is a very rewarding and enriching experience.

Tune in!

Katina I. Makris, CIH, CCH
LymeLightRadio.com

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