The Ticked Off Foundation is dedicated to the prevention, awareness, and cure of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses that have become the fastest-growing infectious diseases in the United States.
Our mission is to provide financial assistance and support to Lyme and tick-borne disease patients over the age of 25 who are in crisis. We do this through grants and counseling in an effort to stem the tide of Lyme-related suicides. According to Dr. Joseph Jemsek (MD from Washington, DC), "The most common cause of death in Lyme disease is suicide." Through our efforts and support through generous donations and sponsors, we hope to put this reality in the past.
The Ticked Off Foundation was founded in 2015 by Gregg Kirk, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease and co-infections in 2005. After going through years of treatment ranging from antibiotics, PICC lines, herbal medications and alternative healing measures, Kirk was finally healed in March of 2011 when he visited John of God's Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola in Abadiania, Brazil. While there, Kirk experienced a major reduction of his symptoms and a spiritual awakening that inspired him to help others with the illness. Since then, Kirk has been dedicated to helping those with chronic illness through music, motivational speaking, and fundraising. He is also the founder of the Ticked Off Music Fest, a concert series that raises funds for Lyme disease awareness, support groups, research and patient treatment.
The Ticked Off Foundation is recognized by both the IRS and State of Connecticut Franchise Tax Board as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, EIN: 47-4783824. Contributions to the Ticked Off Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed by law.