International ME/CFS and FM Awareness Day Is On May 12, 2018
Thomas Hennessy, Jr., selected May 12th to be our international awareness day back in 1992. He knew that May 12th had also been the birthday of Florence Nightingale. She was the English army nurse who helped to found the Red Cross as well as the first school of nursing in the world.
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Senator Ed Markey introduces resolution to encourage immediate government response for ME/CFS

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    WASHINGTON D.C. – The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) announced Tuesday that 102 people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and their loved ones rallied together in the largest Capitol Hill action for the disease to date. Advocates from across the country called for action and funding for ME/CFS research as part of the second annual ME/CFS Advocacy Day. Throughout the day the patients, caregivers, SMCI staff and board members met with 122 congressional offices.

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    SMCI Director of Advocacy and Communications Emily Taylor, Actress Amy Carlson, and SMCI President Carol Head

    Actress Amy Carlson (Blue Bloods) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis of Florida joined the event addressing participants during a Capitol Hill reception concluding the second annual ME/CFS Advocacy Day.

    In conjunction with the event, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts introduced a tri-partisan Senate resolution (S. Res 508) to raise awareness and encourage more immediate government response for ME/CFS. The resolution is co-sponsored by Senator Angus King (I) of Maine, Senator Susan Collins (R), Senator Diane Feinstein (D) of California and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D) of Maryland and the result of a collaborative partnership between Solve ME/CFS Initiative, #MEAction and the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association.

    “ME/CFS has been in the shadows for too long,” said Senator Markey. “Our resolution is just one step to help shine light on this condition and what we can collectively do to help improve the quality of life of those impacted.”

    SMCI also announced that Congressman Paul Gosar (R) of Arizona and Congressman Dwight Evans (D) of Pennsylvania have submitted a request for a hearing on ME/CFS. The request calls for the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health to hold a hearing to examine the ME/CFS clinical care crisis and review federal agency efforts to combat this urgent health crisis.

    “Too many have already died. Too many are turning to suicide, feeling there is no way out of their nightmare. Too many suffer in silence with little hope. It’s time to change this,” stated Carol Head, President and CEO of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative and person with ME/CFS.

    This second annual ME/CFS Advocacy Day follows over 300 global visibility actions on May 12, 2018, which is nationally observed as ME/CFS International Awareness Day, as part of the Millions Missing campaign sponsored by #MEAction.
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