Saskatchewan Roughriders corner back Jovon Johnson says he’s trying to take a a bite out of Lyme Disease by bringing some awareness to a disease which is often misdiagnosed
Johnson says he was playing in Ottawa in 2014 when he heard about a Master Corporal from the Canadian Armed Forces who had been discharged from the military because she had contracted Lyme Disease.
Veronick Ayling started a cupcake shop in order to pay the bills and Johnson says she had lost her medical pension.
“The cupcake shop, a few months ago, caught fire,” Johnson said Friday morning on 620 CKRM. “And she lost everything. Not only did she lose everything, but her heart was operating at 57-percent because of the disease. So, she had to find a way to pay for her treatment.”
Johnson is hosting his fundraiser for Lyme Disease on Sunday, at Candy Cane Park in the Wascana Centre.
The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m.
He says the proceeds will be directed toward research and treatment of Lyme disease.