Key Lyme Time fundraiser is Saturday in Crestview

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 04:46 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Organizers hope a May 11 family festival will draw attention to a little-understood, often debilitating disease in a fun atmosphere.

Key Lyme Time, to be held in Old Spanish Trail Park, is part of a worldwide Lyme disease awareness effort. Events will include space walks and children's games, a hair cut-a-thon, a key lime pie bake-off competition and pie-eating contest.

Musical performances will feature Crestview High School’s Destiny and Chanticleer show choirs, Triple Threat Dancers and Favored Sons of Tallahassee.

Zumba dancing and other fitness demonstrations will underscore the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle in combating Lyme disease.

May is Lyme Awareness Month, organizer Connie Murray said. Carnival proceeds will benefit and a fund set up to help pay for Lyme disease treatments for her daughter, Nikki.

Nikki Murray, 26, acquired the disease after she was bitten by a tick in Crestview in 2008.

"If I had taken my Nikki to a doctor who was trained to recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease after her initial tick bite, she could have been blood-tested and treated immediately with antibiotics that may have prevented the suffering I've had to watch her go through," Connie Murray said.

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