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wanted Lyme patients to get what she didn't when she went through the process … This has been a life mission for her." An Important Gift In January 2015, thanks to a sizable grant from the Deans, The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness opened at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, and began working on cutting-edge research into these diseases. It opened to patients in June 2015. "We partnered with Spaulding because they have a compassionate, open-minded, and comprehensive team approach to patient care," says Brandi. "Our goal at the Dean Center is to advance research by supporting pioneering Lyme research to improve diag- nostics and treatments and to deliver com- passionate, individualized care to those living with Lyme and tick-borne illnesses." Spaulding leaders are also pleased with the partnership. "At Spaulding our mission is to continually find better ways to improve the quality of life for the people we serve through care, research, and advocacy, which The Dean Center aligns with perfectly … Their [the Dean's] gift will enable countless families to have a better course of care and empower our talented clinicians to create a new role model for others to follow," says Steven Patrick, vice president of development at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. This is the first center in the US to focus on both research and patient treatment for Lyme and tick-borne diseases, according to Dr. David Crandell, the co-director of the center. "It's different. There are no blueprints for this. We are doing something new, exciting, and scary at the same time," says Crandell. Crandell, who gained a lot of media attention by treating the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, says that 10 to 15 percent (others put that number closer to 25 percent) of Lyme patients treated with the standard dose of antibiotics will still go on to develop a range of severe 143 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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