The National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association (NatCapLyme) is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. Founded in 2001, our organization has chapters throughout Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and North Carolina. Our members, including our board of directors, have either experienced the disease personally or have loved ones suffering from a tick-borne illness. We promote prevention through education and awareness, as well as encourage doctor training and research for timely diagnosis and treatment of these illnesses.
Our advocacy and legislative efforts support our mission by advancing the pursuit of a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Until that cure is found and made available to all who suffer, we will work tirelessly to bring public awareness to this growing epidemic that afflicts more than 300,000 Americans each year (CDC, 2013). That’s why we were so excited we were able to contribute to the passage of the Lyme Disease Testing Information Disclosure Act of 2013. NatCapLyme played a significant role in the passage of this groundbreaking bill, which makes Virginia the first state in the nation to inform patients of the limitations of current Lyme disease tests.
We provide education and information about tick-borne diseases to a variety of communities, including federal and state government employees, the private sector, and all levels of student groups, from grade schools to universities.
Additionally, we offer emotional support to Lyme patients and their families through our monthly support group meetings. Our flagship Washington, DC chapter holds its monthly support group meeting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, with the exception of January, July and September. These meetings are held at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road, N.W., Washington, DC, 20016, New Medical Building, Room 2. You can find the meeting schedules for our other chapters here.