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Screening in Georgia prompts meeting with US Senator

Posted Dec 13 2008 10:07pm

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We want to hear how UNDER OUR SKIN is making a difference in your community. Please email us or sign our guestbook with your stories. Here’s a letter we received from a community screening organizer in Georgia. In this case, not only did UOS make a difference in the local community, but it spurred a meeting with Georgia’s US Senator Johnny Isakson. Read on:

Hi Open Eye Pictures,

I just want you to know, I set up a meeting yesterday with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s office reps here in Georgia to discuss Lyme Disease at the end of this month! I emailed them a few weeks ago and invited them to the UOS screening on Capitol Hill. They didn’t make it, I guess. Then I emailed again and told them about the 18 Lyme cases I have found within a 15-20 mile radius of my house here in Georgia and sent them links to all the research showing them that Georgia was 4th in the nation in highest Lyme cases in 1989 when they actually LOOKED for the disease here. And guess what?? They called back! They want to see the film and discuss this situation with me! Our first meeting is at the end of this month, then they said they’ll review everything and we’ll meet again. I’m collecting Georgia Lyme stories to place in a book to present to them so they’ll be able to read first-hand about the struggles we face.

I’m THRILLED and just want to let you know the progress we’re making here. UNDER OUR SKIN is opening doors for discussion and debate! I have already held 6 screenings of the film and have two more at local libraries next week. And now I have a lady north of Atlanta who is helping me to set up screening venues up in that area, too.

As an aside, my sister and her daughter saw the film. My niece has always wanted to be an epidemiologist. But in the last several years she somehow gave up that dream. After seeing UOS she is once again inspired to go into this field and is showing the film to everyone she can.

Did you ever dream you all would effect so many people in so many positive ways?

Blessings to ALL of you,

LS

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