The week of July 23rd, Jen and Sarah Wessels were busy traveling around State Rep Dan Swanson’s district to his Veteran and Senior Resource Fairs.   First stop was Geneseo, then Aledo, Knoxville and Bureau County.  We talked to a lot of people that knew people with Lyme.  We also showed them how to properly apply Permethrin to their clothes, and talked about prevalence in the different areas.

It was a great week!!!  Met some fabulous people.

Always trying to raise awareness!!

We are super excited about our meeting last week!!!  IL State Representative Dan Swanson and Jen went to University of Illinois to meet with Professor Brian Allan, Dept. of Entomology, School of Integrative Biology.  The intention of our meeting was to get Spotlight on Lyme QCA and our scientists on the same page and open the lines of communication as to how we can better work together.  Professor Allan is working on great things. His work will finally put to rest the long argument that “there is no Lyme in Illinois”.  Can’t wait for his study to be completed and published.

Professor Allan demonstrated his state of the art equipment that he uses to test the ticks for pathogens!  It was a very educational day and a day of bouncing ideas around!!

I am so grateful for Representative Swanson taking time out of his day and joining me!  I couldn’t do any of this without his support to our cause and those that suffer.

Spotlight on Lyme QCA is excited to be apart of Birdies for Charity through the Mercer Foundation for Health!!! Any amount I raise the Foundation will allot to Spotlight. An awesome way to support us as you can pledge a flat amount or try to guess how many birdies there will be at the tournament!!! They will give us an extra 5% to any amount we raise!! I have special forms or send me a message & I can fill it out for you. Birdies for Charity will send you an invoice after the Tournament. Thank you to everyone for your continued support!!!

Our little Lyme Warrior, Lauryn did a fabulous job testifying in the Senate Committee.  She also was committed to speaking to the Senators about what she has been through with this horrible disease.  Her along with the Legislative Team members worked really hard and gained 42 Senate Co-Sponsors!!!  It passed the Senate unanimously and is headed to the Governor for signature. We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the Senate, but we took some along the way and after!!

Jennifer and Lauryn have been so busy down in Springfield trying to make a change for the better for Lyme Suffers.  On Friday, the House Chamber passed the Lauryn Russell Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act 104/1.  It was a very exciting day, but still more work to do as this proceeds to the Senate.  Thank you to Lacy for taking care of things back home.

Unfortunately, the Department of Public Health does not have accurate reporting of Lyme Disease. At Spotlight on Lyme QCA we feel it is very important for the Public to be aware as to what is taking place in their area. CAPC, Companion Animal Parasite Council has a great interactive prevalence map. If your Veterinarian uses ANTECH Diagnostics or IDEXX Laboratories then there results get published on the Prevalence map. This really gives the Public more of an idea of the risk of ticks in their area.!! Here are the links to Illinois and Iowa.

http://www.petsandparasites.org/parasite-prevalence-maps/#2018/all/lyme-disease/dog/united-states/illinois/

http://www.petsandparasites.org/parasite-prevalence-maps/#2018/all/lyme-disease/dog/united-states/iowa/