Sun Dance to Present a Holiday Benefit in Herndon

Sun Dance to Present a Holiday Benefit in Herndon

Sun Dance Performance Company is raising awareness of Lyme disease and funds for the Global Lyme Alliance through its song and dance benefit performance, "HollyDays & Mistletones." The performance will be Saturday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. at the Herndon Senior Center Performance Venue, 873 Grace Street, Herndon

The performance is free and open to the public, but a suggested $15 donation for Global Lyme Alliance would be appreciated. Free parking, refreshments and raffle prizes from local businesses.

At 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, Sun Dance is performing "HollyDays & Mistletones” at the Herndon Senior Center exclusively for Fairfax County senior citizen group members. The concert is free to attend for members who have reserved their seating in advance through their respective town's senior center, or by calling Herndon Senior Center directly at 703-464-6200. There will be door prizes and refreshments.

Lyme disease is one of the most controversial illnesses in the medical community which makes navigating the entire process much more difficult for those affected with it. Most insurance companies only cover the cost of antibiotics for 14-30 days as Lyme has been officially deemed a "short-term illness."

However, there are many long-term patients with disabling complications involving the functionality of the brain, heart and joints. Elena Dolores, a vocalist with Sun Dance Performance Company, was diagnosed with Lyme disease at the age of 11. She is now 23 and has been living with the debilitating conditions of chronic Lyme disease for more than half of her life.

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) - funded projects have led to unprecedented advances in such areas as prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illnesses.