We Can’t Thank You Enough for Your Meaningful and Generous Support
We know and deeply appreciate your passion for our mission. It’s caring people like you who make our battle against ME/CFS possible. We haven’t stopped fighting for you during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our staff may all be working from home during the quarantine, but that doesn’t mean we’re lessening our efforts or letting up in any way. We’re determined to continue to push toward progress. When you make a gift by June 15 in any amount today, you’ll be supporting these continued efforts.
Until June 15th, $25 = $100, $50 = $200, and $200 = $800 up to $100,000.
Your gift will support our Ramsay Research Grant Program, which actively brings new and early career researchers into the ME/CFS field, providing them with opportunities to generate data and hypotheses that will make them competitive when they apply for larger National Institutes of Health grants. Your gift will support our relentless advocacy work. We are the trusted ME/CFS organization, with access to senior government officials, medical and industry leaders, and scientific pioneers. And we are acting as a change agent at the national level by advocating for policies, government funding, and action. Your gift will support the You + M.E. Registry and Biobank, which will leverage digital health technology and generate a rich longitudinal data set that can be used by researchers around the world. Your gift will support Solve M.E.’s publications, including The Chronicle and Research 1st, which are lifelines for patients across the US.
Your Support is What Will Make it Possible for Us to Create a World that’s Free of ME/CFS
Every dollar brings us closer to treatments and a cure. The importance of your support can’t be overstated. It’s only through the generosity of people like you that we could:
- Prepare to launch our You + M.E. Registry this spring. Working closely with community members, we created a symptom tracking mobile app that will produce a massive database of health information from thousands of people with ME/CFS and controls. By tapping into the wealth of knowledge provided by people living with ME/CFS, we can help researchers better understand the disease course, find and validate subgroups, initiate studies into disease mechanisms and treatments—and then translate those discoveries into clinical care.
- Fund 7 pilot studies in the 2019 Ramsay Research Grant Program, launching investigations into persistent infections, immune system disturbances, cardiovascular system problems, and neurological abnormalities. We are the only organization in the U.S. whose peer-reviewed grants are designed to bring new and early career-stage researchers into the ME/ CFS arena.
- Partner with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center, which released a ME/CFS competitive research grant program. This project is an important first step towards a deeper relationship with UCLA that will facilitate clinician education and referrals to our You + M.E. Registry and Biobank.
- Mobilize and empower thousands of ME/CFS advocates and lead a multi-year strategy and achieve 6 unprecedented, bipartisan victories for ME/CFS research, including $350 million in Defense Research Program funding now open for ME/CFS applications.
- Make this year’s April 19 – 26, 2020 Advocacy Week fully digital in response to Covid-19 with remote events and actions participants can join from the comfort of their own homes.
Your Support is More Important Than Ever in This Time of Uncertainty as
We All Face COVID-19
There are educated projections being made, but the truth is that no one knows for certain how COVID-19 will affect people with ME/CFS or to what degree the number of those suffering from ME/CFS may grow. While it’s too early to know exactly how this will unfold, we do know that we must continue to expand available funding for critically needed research through our Research, Advocacy, and Education Programs.
You already know that roughly 2.5 million people in the United States are robbed of their health, livelihoods, and their independence by ME/CFS. That the exact number of people suffering is unknown in large part because many people are not properly diagnosed. That any kind of diagnosis can take months or even years to receive – and there is no cure. But there is hope.
Please join us. Together we can make more funding available for research and prepare for the unknown during this incredibly challenging time of COVID-19. We’re continuing to fight for you!
On behalf of all of us, we send warm wishes as we work together toward a cure.
Onward, with hope!
P.S.: Your donation today to our June 15 Challenge in any amount, large or small, will make a difference. Don’t forget to let us know if your employer provides matching gifts, if you’d like to leave us in your will, or if you’re interested in becoming a monthly donor.