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Advocate for Equal Funding for ME/CFS!
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 Advocate for Equal NIH Funding for ME/CFS
 

Two scientific reports in two months by experts independent of the ME/CFS field say the same thing: "The committee stresses that more research is urgently needed." A window of opportunity has opened. Now we must work together to push the National Institutes of Health to increase funding for research. Join us by emailing the Secretary of Health and Director of NIH for equal funding for ME/CFS research!

The power of the P2P and IOM reports is in their remarkably similar conclusions that the need for evidence based research is urgent and that ME/CFS is a complex, serious physiological disease. And the P2P and IOM recommendations are more powerful because they came from prestigious institutions and independent scientists.

This gives us powerful ammunition to advocate for Equal Funding!

Please take positive action to raise the pressure for Equal Funding for ME/CFS, by emailing the Secretary of Health and Director of NIH. We can make this opportunity bigger by organizing our community to speak with one voice on the need for more research funding.

Help by Sending Emails

Email Secretary of Health Burwell and NIH Director Collins with this draft email. Help us reach a goal of 1,000 emails to the Secretary of Health and NIH Director. We ask you to cc the White House and Courtney, so that we can know how many emails are sent.
 
1.      Copy and paste the email addresses and the email text, and feel free to add your own personal story.
 
2.      Please ask friends and family members to also send an email. They may have to change a few phrases, since we drafted it from patients.
 

Here is the template to send:  

Email addresses:
 
To:  sylvia.burwell@hhs.govscheduling@hhs.gov
francis.collins@nih.govcollinsf@od.nih.govbrewera@od.nih.gov,
Cc:  jarrettpublic@who.eop.govcourtneymiller999@gmail.com
 
Re: Equal Funding for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Research
 
Dear Secretary Burwell and Dr. Collins:
 
I am disabled with ME/CFS, and I am writing to ask you to raise research funding for my disease to a level of $100 million annually, equal to illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus.
 
I want to highlight two scientific reports commissioned by HHS that were released in the last two months by experts independent of the ME/CFS field. They say the same thing: "The committee stresses that more research is urgently needed."
 
The Institute of Medicine, an arm of the widely-respected National Academy of Sciences, and National Institutes of Health's own Pathways to Prevention Program have issued urgent calls to federal health agencies and the NIH to conduct more medical research into the causes and treatments for ME/CFS.
 
"Remarkably little research funding has been made available to study the cause of ME/CFS, mechanisms associated with the development and progression of the disease, or effective treatment, especially given the number of people affected." Institute of Medicine
 
"Unfortunately, ME/CFS is an area where the research and medical community has frustrated its constituents, by failing to assess and treat the disease and by allowing patients to be stigmatized....Over the last 20 years, minimal progress has been made to improve the state of the science for patients with ME/CFS.... Innovative biomedical research is urgently needed to identify risk and therapeutic targets, and for translation efforts." NIH Pathways to Prevention Report
 
NIH currently funds only $5 million annually for CFS research, despite 1-2.5 million Americans suffering with the disease. That is not enough funding to spur breakthrough science, and I suffer without any FDA-approved treatments. By contrast, illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus received more than $100 million annually in NIH research funding, and fewer patients are ill. Those diseases now boast diagnostic tests and many FDA-approved treatments because of the high quality research NIH has funded in those fields. That is what patients like me so desperately need, and I believe that is what it takes to fulfill President Obama’s 2012 commitment to elevate CFS at the NIH.
 
I have no treatments and I am very ill. The FDA rejected the only medication in clinical trials in 2013. Please help me by funding medical research into ME/CFS equally and urgently, so I can get well and return to work and my life.
 
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