Thanks to all who voted for the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) in Round 1 of the Chase Community Giving charity event, which ended earlier this month. The WPI came in 5th place and won 25K! This money will be of great benefit in terms of continuing research into ME/CFS and other neuro-immune disorders. However, we need more funds to truly make a difference and move forward, and now is our chance.
Round 2 of voting has begun, and with enough votes, the WPI could win half a million dollars!
Chase Community Giving is now offering up to $500,000 to the charities that receive the most votes from its Facebook fans. It takes less than a minute to vote, doesn't cost you a penny and could make a huge difference to the millions of people suffering from neuro-immune diseases such as ME/CFS, autism, chronic Lyme disease, Gulf War syndrome and a-typical MS. People like me and my fiance . People like Alexis , Ben , and Dominique . People like Zoe.
There are other CFS and neuro-immune disease related charities also in the running (such as the CFIDS Association of America ) if you'd like to vote for them as well, and/or for any other charity of your choice. You have 5 votes you can use, but you can only vote once for each charity. Voting ends on Wednesday, May 25th, so please vote now!
Note: If you voted in Round 1, please note this is a new competition and you need to vote again!
If you wish, you may later “unlike” Chase Community Giving. As previously noted , ME/CFS afflicts approximately 1 million Americans (17 million world-wide) and can be as or even more debilitating as heart failure, MS, chemotherapy treatment and late-stage AIDS. Yet, for decades, it has remained one of the least funded of all illnesses in the U.S. The government has once again recently stated it cannot (or will not) increase research funding for ME/CFS at this time.
This is our chance to finally get the money we've desperately needed for so long. With enough funds, we can not only move forward with various research efforts, but we could perhaps help the WPI open its treatment clinic and soon begin long-awaited clinical trials of medications.
Please take a moment to vote for the WPI and help make a difference in the lives of millions of people. Thank you!
In addition to Chase Community Giving, the company Vivent is sponsoring the Vivent Givesback Project, which will honor local charities that "are doing heroic work in communities across the United States." Currently, they are accepting endorsements. The top 100 regional charities that receive the most endorsements will then be eligible to win monetary funds. You can endorse a charity such as the WPI until June 11, 2011. Then voting begins on June 14th and will continue through August 27, 2011. To learn more and to endorse the WPI now, check out the link below
As with Chase, you must first "like" Vivent to vote.