Key Lyme Time raises awareness, funds (GALLERY)

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

"I think we all need to know more about this ... because it's a shame that (Nikki Murray) didn't get diagnosed earlier," said Wanda Austin of Niceville. "If this event could help someone get diagnosed early, then that is good thing."

Bidi Wilks said awareness efforts like Saturday’s could promote preventive efforts.

"I don't think everybody who takes children into the woods knows to check them (for ticks) when they come back," she said. "I know I do."

Wilks said she admires Nikki Murray’s resilience.

"I admire her courage and her spirit," Wilks said. "None of this has seemed get her down."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.

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