ME/CFS Worldwide Patient Alliance To create a patient-driven effective advertisement campaign on ME / CFS, and XMRV, particularly on patient quality of life. http://www.causes.com/causes/511536?m=f042604e We now have 1,080 members and over $5,000.00 in donations. We have a new, cool logo and a Big and Fun announcement on 21 Sept. Our Three ADS for the Washington Post will be out soon for review and comments by the members and our website will be up in the next few days. But we need more input and ideas! We need more donations to get to the magic $8,500.00 mark for the Post AD. Guys: I have been sick for 16 years and was sleeping 22 hours a day for the first couple of years. I also have FM and live in pain. My husband also has CFS and got it when I hit my 10 year mark. He's been sick for 6 years now. I would say this is contagious, wouldn't you? And 16 years later I still sleep from 12 to 18 hours a day. I have never had a "normal" day in those 16 years. Don't let this be you and don't let this happen to your family members. My husband is on the couch and has no energy. We both were hyper, driven people. I sleep, he's on the couch and we have no real life. It's sort of like we are just waiting to die. No drama, just the reality of our lives. My husband and I lived and worked in the Washington DC metro area for 20 plus years for me and over 35 years for him. We KNOW how Washington works. We KNOW that a very powerful, informative, hard-hitting 1/2 page AD in the Washington Post WILL get huge amounts of attention from the senior policy makers - YES, that includes the President and VP, as well as all other Federal employees, journalists, muck rakers, researchers, and the public. The Washington DC area is huge and includes the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. There are MILLIONS of people in that area that read the Washington Post every single day. It's the local newspaper for that area. This is where everyone gets their news and ideas of what is going on and how they can use those ideas. Both Maryland and Virginia have major bio-technology areas with hundreds of companies looking for the "next big thing". A newly discovered family of Retroviruses that may be involved in CFS, Austim, MS, diseases and cancers - counts as the "next big thing" in Washington talk. PLEASE! Hit http://www.causes.com/causes/511536?m=f042604e read, donate if possible, get involved, vote on the ADS that will be presented and be part of YOUR CURE. If YOU don't do it, who will? Want to wait another 30 years for this window of opportunity? NOW is the time. NOW. ME/CFS Worldwide Patient Alliance To create a patient-driven effective advertisement campaign on ME / CFS, and XMRV, particularly on patient quality of life.