This is a thread inspired by Wildaisy and all those who've made 2009 one of the most exciting in quite a while. Also to Fresh_eyes for his unbridaled enthusiasm and thinking big There are a lot of people in the ME/CFS world that deserve special recognition for all their work, be it in the laboratory, in front of the camera, blogging or by doing whatever they can to better all our lives. This is your opportunity to name who you feel deserves a mention and to write how they've effected you. It doesn't matter if the person has been mentioned before, what we'll do at the end is compile what everyone has said into paragraphs below each name and post it up as our person Roll of Honour for 2009 courtesy of the people of Pheonix Rising Forum. Hopefully this will be done just before the new year or in the first week of January. So here is my contribution copied from the thread where this began... Dr Judy Mikovits for being the most fabulous bartender/virologist we could ever have known Dr Dan Peterson for being tenacious and following the viral tail of this disease Dr Nancy Klimas for her performance at the CFSAC, gosh she was impressive, a scientific tiger Dr Donnica Moore for being our voice and combining it with her knowledge and kindness. She's done a valiant job Annette Whittemore for being a mother to us all, what she's doing for her daughter she is doing for us all Dr Lombardi for trying to do things right The New York Times for following this up and giving it the attention is deserves Wanda Jones for her email ettiquette! And most importantly her openness and transparency Dr Kerr for his gene expression research which is a very important facet and could yield a diagnostic test in the near future. I really appreciate the work he's put in and the results he's getting fills me with hope Everyone at the CFSAC who have seize this XMRV and are trying to do their best to give it a fair hearing. Everyone who wrote to Dr Oz and made things happen, it was amazing to see sofa activism in action This one is from Teejkay... Dr. David Bell for putting off retirement in light of this discovery and seeking to find his original 61 patients from the Lyndonville Outbreak in order to test them for XMRV. So add your influential names or who you would like to thank in the year 2009 and we'll see what we can do.