By K. Kimberly McCleary, President & CEO
Laura Hillenbrand, celebrated author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken, has been a long-time supporter of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative. Her 2003 essay published in The New Yorker, “A Sudden Illness,” stands as one of the most widely read and compelling personal accounts of what it’s like to live with CFS.
To encourage your support, Laura has graciously provided us with 20 signed copies of Unbroken, a rare collector’s item in light of her very limited ability to make public appearances. For every $100* you donate to the Solve ME/CFS Initiative between Dec. 21, 2011, and Jan. 9, 2012, your name will be entered into a drawing for one of these 20 copies. Donations will also be eligible for the $100,000 Year-End Stretch Challenge offered by one of the Association’s long-time supporters.
Please share this opportunity with family and friends and other fans of Laura’s award-winning writing. Thank you, Laura, and good luck to all our generous supporters!
Making A Donation:
Gifts of every size are needed to reach the ambitious $2 million goal. The Solve ME/CFS Initiative is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. You can make a secure online donation at http://bit.ly/2011fund or call 704-365-2343. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message and your call will be returned on the next business day. If you prefer to mail a donation, please send it to 5455 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 806, Los Angeles, CA 90036-0007. Our office will be closed on Jan. 2 in observance of the holidays, but we will make every effort to process donations in the tax year in which they are made. Checks dated on or before Dec. 31, 2011 and received by Jan. 9, 2012 will be recorded as 2011 donations.
*A minimum donation of $100 is required to be entered into the drawing for 20 signed copies of Unbroken. Donations of $100-$199 generate one entry into the drawing. Donations of $200-299 generate two entries, etc., with no limit. We will draw winners on Jan. 10, 2012, with a maximum of one copy per individual donor. Winners will be notified by phone or email to obtain permission to name them in the announcement of drawing results and to verify the desired shipping address for their copy.
K. Kimberly McCleary has served as the Association’s chief staff executive since 1991.December 21, 2011