I would note that funds appear to be as tight for everyone....they appear to be as tight for the WPI as they are for the CAA - and they have community support. It took the MWPCA, what, six months to raise $10,000. Its not like this community has alot of money to give. (Which is why finding outside resources is so important.) I agree that in order to do those things that they need to do they need to fix their image with the community! .That should be a chief goal in my opinion. Boldness would help alot.......They need to be more vibrant organization. You can combine vibrancy and professionalism. Let's not overdo antipathy towards the CAA, though; yes it's very strong on the online community but their Research Initiative, which came on right on the heels of the CDC media and provider education contract, was one of their most sucessful initiatives - and it was completed more quickly than they expected. They also completed a substantial enrollment into the Biobank program more quickly than they expected. A major problem for them now is probably that they did not discover XMRV - nobody could compete with that - and it makes sense that patients support the WPI in their efforts given the potential significance of that breakthrough. I imagine their money intakes just sucks this year because alot of it is going to the WPI - which makes sense. I do want to point out that the CAA hasn't exactly made nice with the CDC for several years now....referring to their research effort as 'a bridge to nowhere' and calling it a 'failed program'....among many other statements - that are quickly forgotten, I guess, because it does not fit their picture of the CAA - because, as you noted, of their earlier association with them.