Lyme Research Alliance video wins Telly Award

The Telly Awards has named Mary Shanahan as a Bronze Winner in the 35th annual Telly Awards for her video, The Faces of Lyme.

Ms. Shanahan’s work was selected as one of the few winners out of nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

The six-minute video in which Lyme disease patients describe the multitude of symptoms they experience, along with the diagnostic and treatment challenges they face, was done in collaboration with Lyme Research Alliance (LRA) and shown at the non-profit’s Time for Lyme Gala in April.

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.

Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. said “Mary Shanahan’s video illustrates her creativity, skill and dedication to her craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Ms. Shanahan, an Emmy Award-winning producer/director, said she was honored to receive the award, but noted the video was “the result of a truly collaborative effort” between Lyme Research Alliance, the interviewees who gave their time, and herself.

Ms. Shanahan added: “Many thousands of people are suffering from this disease and I was very happy to play a tiny role in bringing the complications associated with treatment and diagnosis to light.”

LRA’s Co-President Debbie Siciliano praised Ms. Shanahan’s work, saying the filmmaker had “captured the important messages the Lyme community and LRA needed to get out—and did it with tremendous sensitivity and accuracy.”

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