The TickEncounter Resource Center and NBC10 WJAR were pleased to present an award at the Big Tick Gala 2010 to Lindsey Samford. These awards are given to individuals who have shown outstanding efforts in the fight against tick-borne disease and tick bite prevention.
by Todd McLeish
Lindsey Sanford, a junior at St. Mary Academy Bay View and a resident of Swansea, was the recipient of the 2010 "Think Tick, Take Action" award presented by the University of Rhode Island's TickEncounter Resource Center.
The award, which recognizes Sanford's "outstanding community involvement and philanthropy in advancing tick-bite protection and tick-borne disease prevention," was presented during the Big Tick Gala on Friday, June 4, at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center.
In 2009, Sanford organized a charity golf outing to benefit the TickEncounter Resource Center that was hosted by her father Robert's company, Cornerstone Design/Build Services.
"From researching the cause, to lining up sponsors, helping organize the event, and even hustling raffle tickets right down to the wire, Lindsey worked non-stop in order to raise significant money for our cause," said URI Entomology Professor Thomas Mather during the awards ceremony. "The net result was that this high school junior helped raise $8,000 which she and her dad awarded to our program."
According to Robert Sanford, several of Lindsey's friends had contracted Lyme disease in recent years, and she was intent on helping keep others from suffering a similar fate. She also convinced the golf outing committee to make the TickEncounter Resource Center the beneficiary of its 2010 outing as well, which will take place in August.
"We are honored that Lindsey and the Cornerstone Charity Golf Outing Committee believe in what Tick Encounter is trying to accomplish, and that they are supporting that effort so generously," said Mather, who directs the TickEncounter Resource Center.
Previous recipients of the award have included U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Providence Journal reporter Peter Lord, Apple Picker Foundation president Michael Warburg, and Beth's Quest founder Rodney Bowley.