Help Advance ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Research!

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • This is a really big opportunity for each of us to play an important role in funding more research for ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and fibromyalgia – and it won't cost us a penny.  But we have to act quickly because the door of opportunity closes Wednesday. 

    Chase Community Giving (funded by JP Morgan Chase) was introduced in 2009.  This unique program lets Facebook fans of Chase Community Giving vote to help determine which charities Chase donates  millions of dollars to each year. 

    Their Spring 2011 giving opportunity consists of two rounds of voting.  The first round was held from April 21 – May 4.  The 100 eligible charities who received the most votes each received a donation of $25,000.  Among those 100 winners were two organizations that are near and dear to my heart:  the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) and the CFIDS Association of America (CAA). 

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    In Round 2, those top 100 charities are competing for a donation of up to $500,000.  The top 25 will receive donations ranging from $20,000 to $500,000.  Round 2 voting began on May 19 and will end tomorrow, May 25.  As I write this, the WPI is in 8th place and the CAA ranks 34th.  As you can see, your vote can mean thousands of dollars more for research for these organizations. 

    In case you're not familiar with WPI and CAA, here are brief descriptions:

    WPI:  It was WPI researchers who first discovered the XMRV retrovirus in ME/CFS patients, which has resulted in more international interest in and research into ME/CFS than ever before.  The WPI's stated purpose is to “bring discovery, knowledge, and effective treatments to patients with illnesses that are caused by acquired dysregulation of both the immune system and the nervous system...[including] M.E.,CFS, chronic lyme, GWS, fibromyalgia, atypical MS, and autism.”

    CAA:  The CAA is one of the oldest and best known ME/CFS organizations.  They have funded much cutting-edge research into this complicated illness.  Their stated strategy is “To stimulate research aimed at the early detection, objective diagnosis and effective treatment of CFS.”

    How to Vote

    You have to have a Facebook account in order to vote.  If you're not yet a Facebook user, go to and create an account.  Then follow these directions:


    •  You must “Like” Chase Community Giving to vote, so if you haven't voted before, go to Chase Community Giving's Facebook page and  click on the “Like” button.

    •  Next, follow these links then click on the green "Vote & Share" button to vote for the WPI and/or CAA:


         – Vote – Whittemore Peterson Institute 


         – Vote – CFIDS Association of America

    •  Since each person can vote for up to five different charities, you can browse through the other eligible charities to see if there are others you would like to vote for as well. 

    I have cast my votes and hope you will do the same.  It's rare to get a chance to make such a big difference for ME/CFS and fibromyalgia research – and it only takes a few minutes of your time.  Please vote right now.  Remember you only have a few short hours left.


Published On: May 24, 2011