Preventing Lyme Disease

What it is and why it's affecting so many gardeners, orchardists and others

Episode #29: Preventing Lyme Disease

Gabe and Rossana Magnotta, founders of Magnotta Winery. Gabe died of Lyme disease in 2009.

He was fit, strong and a rugged outdoorsman, but Gabe Magnotta lost his life as a result of a bite from a tiny tick. After being bitten at some point in 2003, Gabe, cofounder of the Magnotta Winery in Ontario,  became infected with the borrelia bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. In the years to follow, Gabe struggled with increasingly debilitating symptoms and his wife and business parter Rossana advocated for him to fight for a diagnosis. By the time they knew what was wrong with Gabe, it was too late. Gabe died in 2009 of complications from Lyme disease. He was 60 years old.

Now Rossana continues to advocate for Lyme patients around North America as the founder of G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector Borne Diseases. As our guest on The Urban Forestry Radio Show she talks about her experience, about the dangers of Lyme, especially for those of us who spend a lot of time outdoors as orchardists, arborists and gardeners, and the challenges involved in diagnosis and treatment. She also explains why research is essential in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this debilitating and sometimes fatal disease.

During the live show Rossana answered listener questions and comments. Live listeners had the opportunity to win one of two Tick Removal Kits donated by one of our show sponsors Universal Field Supplies.

To donate to Lyme research to support Rossana’s quest to find a solution and cure for Lyme disease please visit the G. Magnotta Foundation website.

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