I don't mean to minimize the generous contributions of so many people in the 9 months of fund-raising ... and I am truly grateful to every person who has donated. But let's look at the facts. This study is going to be performed by one of the most respected and brilliant researchers in the field, a man who is internationally recognized as an authority on the use of molecular methods for pathogen discovery, and who works at the world’s largest and most advanced center for microbe discovery and diagnosis. The results of this study may identify the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in many patients who are battling this terrible disorder. In 9 months (about 275 days), $148,361 has been raised. If this pace of fund-raising continues, about $200,000 will have been raised at the 1-year mark. The goal of the fund-raising is $1,270,000. If this pace of fund-raising continues, it will take over 6 years to reach goal. The actual study will take just 1 year. Patients and supporters in Norway – with a population sixty times smaller than that of the US – raised $430,000 in 90 days for a clinical trial of Rituximab. Then, a slew of US campaigns began crowdfunding and reached or exceeded their targets at astonishing speeds: $213,000 in 31 days for the documentary film Canary in a Coal Mine; $150,000 in 75 days for an Open Medicine Foundation study of Vitamin B12. I can't help but feel like there is something we're not doing that these other campaigns did. Do we really have to wait 6 years just for Dr Lipkin to get started?? If we put our heads together, maybe we can find a way to get this thing moving. Please, pass this appeal along to others, give (more) if you can, and if you have any ideas or suggestions for how we can do what others (like the Norwegians) did, share them here. Thank you!! Drew Help raise $1.27m for Dr Lipkin's ME/CFS gut microbiome study! It's WORLD CLASS! Give what you can, spread the word Donate here, visit the site, follow on Facebook or Twitter Copy my signature!