Playing Catch-Up: Lyme Disease Research Is Finally – and Rightly – Drawing More Funding

By Melanie Turchyn

Things are looking up for sufferers of Lyme disease, at least in terms of awareness and grantmaking in the philanthrosphere. It’s about time, too.

We recently looked into Lyme disease, and were surprised to find that it’s actually one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases in the U.S.—not, as we thought, a relatively obscure problem restricted to the northeastern part of the country, where it was first identified. Lyme now infects over 300,000 Americans each year and leaves up to 20 percent with persistent, life-altering symptoms.