Join the "Steps Against Ticks" Initiative
Join us in the "Steps Against Ticks" initiative, a strategic collaboration between Bug Bite Thing and Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Our campaign features the Bug Bite Thing Tick Remover, which safely removes ticks of all sizes, types, and levels of engorgement using a patented double-sided design that works on both people and pets. Prompt and proper tick removal is a critical step in reducing your risk of tick-borne disease transmission.
GLA is at the forefront of combating tick-borne diseases, driven by a mission to cure Lyme and related diseases through innovative research, raising awareness, and empowering patients. This partnership leverages GLA's expertise and the "Be Tick Aware" program alongside other initiatives, enhancing public understanding, building credibility, and strengthening community resilience against tick-borne illnesses.
Engaging Activities For Everyone
● #TickFreeTrails: Venture out on your favorite trails and capture the beauty of nature. Whether you’re walking, hiking, or simply enjoying the outdoors, share your journey with photos or videos to inspire others.
● #ChoreFitChallenge: Turn household chores into a dynamic activity challenge. Whether you're sweeping, vacuuming, or organizing, make these tasks opportunities for movement. Share your energetic cleaning sessions and demonstrate how you integrate fitness with housekeeping.
● #PeacefulPaths: Capture tranquil moments in scenic settings, like meditating beside a lake or sketching in a park. Show us how these peaceful activities enhance your active lifestyle.
● #PawsAgainstTicks: Share how you and your pets stay healthy together through activities like gentle strolls or playful outdoor moments, focusing on preventative measures against ticks.
● #StepsAgainstTicks: Encompasses all activities related to the campaign, whether you're enjoying nature, engaging in physical activities, or sharing tick prevention tips. It's a way to connect, raise awareness, and show your support. Share your experiences and become part of the Steps Against Ticks movement.
Social Media Integration
Engage with the community by sharing your experiences using our campaign hashtags: #TickFreeTrails, #ChoreFitChallenge, #PeacefulPaths, #PawsAgainstTicks and #StepsAgainstTicks. Your participation is vital in disseminating crucial information and uniting our community in the fight against tick-borne diseases.
Prizes For Active Participation
● Highest Individual Fundraiser wins an exclusive 1-hour Zoom call and mentorship session with Kelley Higney, CEO of Bug Bite Thing, plus a Shark Tank grand prize pack from valued at $1,500.
● Winning Team Prize: Each member of the top 5 teams will each receive a Bug Bite Thing Suction Tool, a Tick Remover tool, a mini travel bag, and a GLA water bottle.
● Most Social Media Engagement: Engage your followers the most to win two tickets to the GLA Gala in NYC, a celebration of progress in combating Lyme disease, a $2,000 value! Remove the last sentence that says travel is included and add. **Travel, airfare and lodging not included.
● All participants who register and meet their set goals will receive a free Tick Remover from Bug Bite Thing.
Physical Activities
Participate in this challenge by engaging in any activity that elevates your heart rate, such as walking, running, cycling, or any of your favorite fitness activities. Make sure to log it! For activities that cannot be measured in steps or miles, please refer to the Physical Activity Conversion Chart provided.
For more information on how to track your distance or set up tracking devices, please refer to the 'How It Works' and 'FAQ's' sections provided.
Engage in "Steps Against Ticks" and share your experience. Your participation not only supports GLA’s initiatives but also contributes to a healthier, tick-free future.
You can participate in this challenge by doing pretty much anything that elevates your heart rate. This includes walking, running, cycling or any of your favorite fitness activities! Just make sure to log it! For activities that cannot be measured in steps or miles, please refer to the PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CONVERSION CHART below.

For more information on tracking your distance or setting up tracking devices please refer to the ‘How It Works’ and ‘FAQ's’ sections below.
Campaign Engagement
This campaign offers numerous ways to get involved and earn points! Whether you’re posting in the scrapbook, leaving comments, chatting with others, or sending invitation emails, every action counts. Refer to the CAMPAIGN ENGAGEMENT POINTS CHART below to see how each activity earns points and start participating now to boost your score.
COMPLETED: 482 miles
TARGET: 3,000 miles
RAISED: $ 275
TARGET: $ 25,000
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Cure Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through innovative research, awareness, and empowering the patient voice.

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Join us in stepping up against ticks and tick-borne diseases in the "Steps Against Ticks" campaign, a unique partnership between Bug Bite Thing and the Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), featuring the innovative "Steps Against Ticks" challenge with Charity Footprints. This is your chance to make a real impact, transforming your everyday activities into a powerful force for change.

Imagine turning every step you take into a beacon of hope for those affected by Lyme disease. By participating in the "Steps Against Ticks" challenge, you're not just exercising; you're contributing to vital research and prevention efforts. It’s a meaningful way to support GLA's mission, all while promoting your own health and wellness.

Beyond personal benefits, you'll be part of an empowered community dedicated to making outdoor adventures safer for everyone. With educational resources from leading experts and the Bug Bite Thing Tick Remover, you’ll be equipped with knowledge and tools essential for defense against tick-born illness.

Your involvement could pave the way to a future where tick-borne diseases are no longer a threat. So, lace up your sneakers, rally your friends and family, and join us in this movement. Together, as guardians against ticks, we have the power to make a difference. Let's take steps toward a tick-free tomorrow.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign. ?>

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.