SAN FRANCISCO -- A 24-year-old man from New Jersey is starting Sunday from San Francisco on a two-month, 4,000-mile bicycle ride to New York City to raise awareness of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and to raise money to support research of those diseases.

John Donnally, 24, who has fought Lyme disease since he was 9, along with some area cyclists will leave San Francisco Sunday and head south down the peninsula through Pacifica and San Mateo, head over the San Mateo Bridge and ride through Union City, Sunol and Livermore on his way to points east.

The ride is part of the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance's "Bite Back for a Cure" campaign. "By 2020, it's expected that there will be more than 600,000 new cases of Lyme disease every year, and one in five will likely suffer with long-term symptoms — just like me and my family," said Donnally in a news release. "Through my trip across America, I want to raise awareness and build support to defeat these debilitating diseases."

Donnally's progress can be charted through its website at www.TBDAlliance.org; people also can share their own stories of fighting tick-borne illnesses.



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