TickReport - Laboratory of Medical Zoology

Participation Drive
114 TickReporters
Towards goal of 1,000 TickReporters
$6,159.00 Raised
days left
Project ends on May 31, at 12:00 AM EDT
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TickReport - Laboratory of Medical Zoology

 The Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) at the University of Massachusetts is the nation's tick and mosquito testing center. Our lab has developed extremely sensitive and highly specific tests to determine which ticks are infected and which are not. Since all tick-borne diseases start with a tick bite, a TickReport analysis can be an important step in understanding the exposure risk and helping guide steps toward preventing disease. We test ticks from across the United States and three other continents (and counting).


TickReport is conducting this fundraising effort to increase our capacity and service.  This MinuteFund-raising campaign is like other crowd-funding sites, but it's run entirely by the University of Massachusetts, our parent institution, so all your contributions are tax deductible and go directly to support the LMZ. The CDC estimates the total number of Lyme disease cases to be on the order of 300,000, so our target is to get one donation for every Lyme sufferer.  We’ve already completed close to 40,000 TickReports for people just like you, and so if we can just appeal to each of our users to recruit some friends and family, we make this fundraiser viral and reach our goal of bringing people together to reduce the incidence of tick-borne disease in the US.  


How will the funds be used? 

Every dollar goes toward improving our not-for-profit tick testing service.   Our goal is to improve TickReport while at the same time making it more affordable to more people. Below is a summary of the allocation of your donations that will support our mission.

  • 40% - Research

    • Develop new intervention strategies for mitigating the risk of tick-borne disease (including source reduction, tick control, and anti-tick vaccines)
  • 25% - Outreach curriculum

    • Webinars, conference, and print materials for distribution to towns and agencies in support of their fight against tick-borne disease in their communities.
  • 25% -Development           

    • New tests for additional pathogens and strain differentiation
    • Improved efficiencies with value added and cost reducing measures
  • 10% - Angel Fund

    • Financial aid for those that seek a TickReport but are experiencing financial hardship


Our way
of Thanking You


Tick ID card

Our clear plastic tick identification cards with actual size photos of the ticks that bite people. Learn to tell them apart and know the ones that pose the greatest risk to your health.

22 of 10000 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: October 2016


TickReport Cup/Mug

A sturdy mug imprinted with the logo of your favorite public service lab: The Laboratory of Medical Zoology. Impress your friends!

12 of 500 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: June 2016


Send a Tick to College T-Shirt

Be the first one on your block to get one of our famous "Send a Tick to College" T-shirts. Choose any color you want (as long as its Navy blue or Maroon).

15 of 250 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: September 2016


TickReport Sweatshirt

A navy blue send a tick to college hooded sweatshirt

0 of 40 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: June 2018


LMZ Watch + 5 free TickReports

Get an Laboratory of Medical Zoology Wrist watch and 5 tick test coupons good for free testing of 5 ticks. Give the coupons to friends and family.

0 of 100 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: September 2016
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