Mrs. Sandi B. Lanford

Sandi Lanford
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Mrs. Sandi B. Lanford's Biography

Type Of Business:
Nonprofit organization
Marketing Area:
National; International
Expertise:
Advocacy
Major Product/SVS:
Educational resources for patients, physicians and researchers seeking information about Lyme disease and other neuroendocrine immune diseases
Hobbies/Sports:
Painting; Drawing
Education Degrees:
Bachelor's Degree in Art History, Florida State University (1967)
Affiliations Awards:
Co-Founder, NEI Center, PANDORAORG.NET; Board Member, Ambassador, Partners Against Lyme and Tick Associated Diseases; Partner, NatCapLyme
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
Her most personal accomplishment has been the simple fact that she has survived and thrived during the past four decades despite having to deal with living with a chronic illness.

On a professional level, the highlight of her career was in 2008, when LIFELYME sponsored a medical conference at the Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Fla. The medical conference was co-sponsored by the University of South Florida. She organized the conference program, designed the brochure, invited the speakers, set up the program, and chose the title of the conference, which was, "Similarities and Paradoxes in Chronic Illnesses." Top speakers chosen were physicians from both the ILADS (International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society) and IACFS (International Alliance for Chronic Fatigue Society). This was the first time these two groups presented together at a Lyme conference. The conference was a huge success, as it opened up the debate on the connections between chronic neurological diseases, including Lyme disease. The mantra in Florida by doctors had previously been "There's No Lymes in Florida." Today, according to the Florida Health Department, Florida is endemic for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, including Babesia, a co-infection of Lyme disease. The research now supports the far-reaching effects of bacterial and viral infectious pathogens in patients suffering with many neurological illnesses.
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
She attributes her success to her determination and passion, as well as being a visionary leader.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
She became involved in her profession after being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2001 at age 54. She said, "It motivated me to become educated about health, infectious illnesses and scientific research."

Dr. Jo Anne Whitaker contributed to Mrs. Lanford's interest and education in chronic illnesses and their possible connection to Lyme. A research study by Dr. Whitaker and Dr. Lida Mattman was published on the subject. It was called "The New Great Imitator." The first great imitator was syphilis, which like the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi was also a spirochete.

In 2003, Mrs. Lanford was hired by Dr. Whitaker to act as a consultant for the Bowen Research and Training Center. Daily, she received calls from patients, physicians and researchers seeking answers about the Bowen test and Lyme disease. These calls came from every state in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She was learning and sharing. Education became her main focus, and the more she was drawn into the science, the more her excitement for the journey grew. Choosing to become an advocate is definitely a calling, and it sets one on a passionate mission. However, in educating and helping others with their challenges, one ultimately realizes the value of the experience. What is put out there truly returns tenfold in ways one never truly realizes until the journey’s end.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Overseeing business functions and educational goals
Awards/Honors:
Advocate Extraordinaire, PANDORAORG.NET
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
The CDC announced this year that there are 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease annually in the US. Mrs. Lanford predicts that in five years, NEI (Neuro Endocrine Immune) Centers will be opening in several U.S. states. They will bring together patients, researchers and physicians advancing research in seeking cures for all neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Lyme disease.
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