Key Lyme Time raises awareness, funds (GALLERY)


Nick Patti, from left, appears with Nikki Murray and Cassandra Twist during Saturday's Key Lyme Time at Old Spanish Trail Park. The event raised awareness and funds for Lyme disease research.

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Lime balloons and homemade signs on Saturday complemented green T-shirts on attendees’ backs to educate people about Lyme disease.

Key Lyme Time at Old Spanish Trail Park last weekend raised funds for, with a portion benefiting the Nikki Murray Lyme Disease Fund, a medical expense account for its namesake, a Crestview native.   

Zumba demonstrations, children's activities and food vendors provided plenty to do and eat. The event also featured door prizes.

Divine intervention

Connie Murray, Nikki’s mother, organized the occasion.

"The reason we did this was because Nikki had a dream when she was in treatment. God told her that she needed to have an awareness event in Crestview to let people in our hometown know about Lyme disease," Connie Murray said. "I had to do this for her and to help prevent this from happening to other people."

Nikki Murray, 26, contracted the disease following a tick bite in 2008. Ticks are the disease’s main carrier.

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