I think that even before tackling friend and family, we need to get the support of the patient community. After all, we are a big community. For example at this point there have been 1,607 viewings of this thread. I could be that the same people have been viewing it a few times. still, 1,607 is a far cry from 78 member on the facebook page, If we can't count on our peers who can we count on? What is holding people back to join The facebook page? I for example have my own facebook page and anyone reading it will right away realize that I am ill with ME. There are so many references to it. since when do we have to be embarrassed that we are suffering from this illness. As far as friends and family: what is wrong to be associated with a charitable entity. would they feel the same if it was a page raising money for cancer? would they be embarrassed then? They should be proud to be associated with a charitable organizations. I really don't understand the issue? We complain that no one is appropriating moneys for research for us. But, when you are asked to do a simple press of a button, you hesitate? If you are brave enough to join to let us help you here is the sight: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/...15200951912652. I will be looking out for you there.