Lyme Research Alliance Donors give teenager gift of a lifetime

One lucky teen will have the experience of a lifetime tomorrow, thanks to the Lyme Research Alliance.

On Saturday, May 24, 13-year-old Sydney Herzog has the honor of serving as a ball girl at Madison Square Garden for New York’s WNBA team,the Liberty, as they face off against the Chicago Sky.

Sydney, the daughter of Sylvia and Gary Herzog of Chappaqua, N.Y., has been playing basketball for five years. Her parents, supporting Lyme Research Alliance’s (LRA) research agenda, became the lucky recipients of a Liberty basketball package offered as an auction item at LRA’s Time for Lyme fundraising Gala last month in Greenwich.

In addition to giving their basketball-loving daughter the opportunity to be the ball girl, the Herzog family will also attend an informal post-game Q&A with the Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne, the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Ms. Delle Donne, who has suffered from Lyme disease since 2008, was honored by LRA at its Spring Gala for stepping forward as a role model for young people struggling with Lyme disease.

“We’ve never been to a Liberty game,” said Sylvia Herzog. “We’re very excited to see Sydney on the court at Madison Square Garden, and we’re delighted we could support Lyme Research Alliance.”

Sydney Herzog is all smiles thinking about Saturday’s Liberty game.

Sydney Herzog is all smiles thinking about Saturday’s Liberty game.

Sydney, understandably, is mostly focused on her upcoming experience. The Seven Bridges Middle School eighth-grader plays forward with the New Castle Aftershock, and will try out next winter for the Horace Greeley High School basketball team.

“I think it will be really fun, really cool, to be getting the ball and being on the court with all the professional players at Madison Square Garden,” said Sydney.

To see Sydney in action along with the Liberty and Sky, purchase a ticket for the 8 p.m. game through a special reduced-rate LRA Night With the Liberty offer available at The offer also includes admission to the post-game Q&A to be held on-site at the Garden.

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