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Petition for $100m/year in ME/CFS research funding gets 30,000 signatures and counting

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Sasha, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    This is astonishing - I don't even recall this being launched!

    https://www.change.org/p/increase-funding-so-we-can-find-a-cure

     
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  2. Hilary

    Hilary Senior Member

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    Well that says it all really - research into male-pattern baldness getting twice as much...:confused::aghhh: -
    Signed :)
     
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  3. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    @Sasha I've just noticed your Tell US govt: Investigate PACE! signature. If they can bring FIFA and Volkswagen to account, why not? Should be easy enough to demonstrate how much harm PACE has caused US ME sufferers.
     
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  4. *GG*

    *GG* Moderator

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    Lots of Signatures, I had already signed it at some point and time :)

    GG
     
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  5. Bob

    Bob

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    Great petition, and great result! :star::star::star::rocket::rocket::rocket:

    This must be our community's most successful petition to date?

    I was vaguely aware of it but it pretty much flew under my radar as well.
     
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  6. *GG*

    *GG* Moderator

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    yes, nearly 25,000 signatures is a lot for us, like herding cats :)

    GG
     
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  7. panckage

    panckage Senior Member

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    Interesting. It looks like its missing the justification for the $100 million a year. I think if it was added it would help with wider support!
     
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  8. Justin30

    Justin30 Senior Member

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    This is absolutely fantastic I have sent this to many people already....
     
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  9. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    this petition needs only something like another 130 people to sign it before they have the total they are after before its sent, so really think about signing it if you havent done so. (I had missed this one too).
     
  10. Jennifer J

    Jennifer J Senior Member

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    Does anyone know what they really do with our street address? They want my street address and full name. I don't mind full name, but street address I'm not comfortable giving this to any website. I tried to read the privacy and other click on, but couldn't read through it all. I'm concerned because as it is my street address keeps coming up on the internet and I have to keep trying to get it taken off. Thank you.
     
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  11. Justin30

    Justin30 Senior Member

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    I wish they would allow more than 25,000 signatures....i bet you we could get another 15,000 on there buy maube I have high hopes...
     
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  12. medfeb

    medfeb Senior Member

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    This petition was launched just 4 weeks ago. On Sunday morning, it had 10K signatures and by Sunday night, it had 16K or so. Remarkable. Not sure what made it take off except I saw someone on twitter with many followers endorse it.

    @Jennifer J - I don't blame you about your address. If it requires an address, maybe just put in a dummy address. If you could include at least your state, that would allow the petitioner to show legislative leaders for the different states that their constituents are interested.

    Mary Gelpi, the petitioner, changed the last line to match the letter so it now says NIH, instead of CDC.
    With your signature, we can hold the NIH and congress accountable for taking our illness seriously and honoring our request to increase the NIH’s research budget to $100 million for ME/CFS funding.
     
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  13. dannybex

    dannybex Senior Member

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    It's all over Facebook. When one signs it, as many of us have, then one has the option to post it to Facebook, or twitter, etc., to ask others to sign as well and help spread the word.
     
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  14. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member

    Signed. It is now over 25k :)
     
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  15. Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard Hibernating

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    Same!
     
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  16. *GG*

    *GG* Moderator

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    How about just giving them the Post Office address or some other place? Former work address? etc..

    GG
     
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  17. BurnA

    BurnA Senior Member

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    Does anyone know what happens with this petition ? Who does it get presented to and is there any significance placed on the no. of signatories ?
    The reason I ask is because it seems that congress are the main players in determining funding, if so they are the ones that should be targeted.
     
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  18. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    A lot of these petitions have an ever-receding goal - it adjusts upwards as soon as it reaches the next 1,000 or whatever.
     
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  19. *GG*

    *GG* Moderator

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    They do, the goal post has now been moved to 35K signatures. It has about 25.5 now :)

    GG
     
  20. dannybex

    dannybex Senior Member

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    In small print below the main copy it says it'll be delivered to Francis Collins (head of NIH) and Sylvia Burell, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. I agree it should be sent to Congress, but not sure how that is done (to each member?) via these 'change.org'-type online petitions.

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