One of our readers was kind enough to pass on information about a company paying up to $400 per plasma donation from people who are positively diagnosed with Lyme disease.
At first I thought it was a scam and almost deleted the comment but thankfully I checked it out first.
The company is SeraCare Life Sciences, with offices in Milford, MA, Fredrick, and Gaithersburg Maryland.
SeraCare has successfully participated in some of the most demanding clinical trials and research initiatives of the past decade. They have provided research-support services delivering a broad scope of biological products and services,to the NIH, CDC, and FDA for 25 years.
SeraCare develops and manufactures the highest quality, biologically-based products, and offers a broad range of related services, backed by impressive combined expertise in virology, serology, immunology, and molecular biology.
SeraCare is inspired when their products and services accelerate or improve critical processes of validation, discovery, and production involving some of the most difficult health challenges facing our world – Lyme disease being one of them.
They develop and manufacture the highest quality, biologically-based products and offer a broad range of related services, backed by expertise in virology, serology, immunology, and molecular biology.
SeraCare, is inspired when their products and services accelerate or improve the critical processes of validation, discovery, and production for the resulting innovative healing products.
Jeff Daniels, the blogger who made me aware of SeraCare also wrote about three new strains of Lyme in Canada that may have an impact on the false negative western blots. Plasma testing could help sort out the specifics of whether or not this is the case.
Some extra facts about plasma and the donating program at SeraCare:
Plasma is the part of your blood that holds various kinds of proteins, including antibodies. These antibodies are much needed for drug and vaccine research.
Why is my donation so important and so special? Your recent diagnosis may mean your white blood cells are producing disease related antibodies that are carried in your plasma.
These antibodies are studied by researchers for clues about how disease works.
Antibody research has contributed to development of treatments for multiple sclerosis, cancer, HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other crippling illnesses.
There is a severe shortage of this plasma, and SeraCare Life Sciences need our help.
To qualify as a paid donor you must be confirmed with a positive diagnosis.
You can donate plasma up to twice per week in most cases, and each donation may qualify for a payment.
Mileage expenses may also be reimbursed.
For those of us who suffer with Lyme disease and the financial devastation it brings, this could make the difference between feeding your children and struggling to a soup kitchen.
This is a wonderful hope for an enormous group of hopeless – all on its own, but of course the deeper hope we are facing, is the hope that this advanced group of scientists committed to finding solutions for Lyme disease – free from the political confines of IDSA – that a breakthrough will be made with the use of this plasma in diagnosis, and/or treatment.
Lets focus on hope for the future instead of rehashing the problems of the past.