When our kids were growing up, summer meant telling them to tuck their pants into their socks and constantly checking for ticks after a long day outside to try to prevent Lyme disease. (The socks didn’t make my wife and me popular.)

We need more than socks to protect our families from the pervasive effects of Lyme – we need real medical progress. Lyme impacts as many as 300,000 Americans each year.

Improved reporting and better diagnosis could help stop its spread and keep our families safe, but it will only happen if we pressure Congress to fund critical medical research.

Too many Americans are suffering from this pernicious disease. Let’s stand together to stop its devastating spread. As we in Connecticut know only too well, Lyme first reared its head right here in our home state: The disease is named after the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, an hour south of Hartford. We must take the lead in combating it.

Tell Congress to increase research funding to prevent and stop the spread of Lyme disease.