Doukénie Winery, along with many of our neighboring wineries in Loudoun County, DC’s Wine Country, will be supporting Lyme Disease Awareness this month. Loudoun County has one of the highest, if not the highest rate of Lyme Lyme Diseasedisease infection in Virginia. Jaclyn O’Brien, Operations Manager and Meredith Wilson, Sales & Marketing Manager at Sunset Hills Vineyard  brought  the Ribbons Across America campaign to Loudoun County wineries as a positive and beneficial  way for the industry  to come together to raise awareness for a disease that affects the wine industry (specifically those who work in the vineyards and fields).

It was originally started by an organization called S.L.A.M. (Sturbridge Lyme Awareness of MA) in 2009, which is an organization committed to raising chronic lyme disease awareness.  For those of you who have known a coworker, friend, or family member with this disease, you already know that awareness for this disease is almost nonexistent, so anything we can do to bring awareness to the disease itself or its symptoms will be beneficial for our local community.

Look for the Large Green Awareness Bow at the winery and pick up educational information in the tasting room to generate awareness for this disease.  We are not asking for raising funds, but if you’d like to support the Loudoun Lyme is hosting the Loudoun Lyme 5k Walk on Sunday, May 18th, to benefit the National Capital Lyme Association.  It’s not too late to join our team, The Lyme Busters!

The National Capital Lyme Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an unusually low overhead of 2% that offers patient support group meetings, information, speakers, legislative developments, and news updates.

Special thanks to Jaclyn O’Brien, Operations Manager and Meredith Wilson, Sales & Marketing Manager at Sunset Hills Vineyard who made this opportunity available to us.