My husband, step-daughter and I along with @NK17 and her friends had the opportunity to attend the fundraiser this morning in Hollywood for NIDA and OMF's "End ME/CFS Project." It was an absolutely amazing event that I feel lucky to have been a part of and felt like I was witnessing history in the making. The event started with a very touching speech from Linda and Don Tannenbaum (the founders of NIDA) about how their daughter first became ill with ME/CFS and how they created NIDA. They introduced Dr. Ron Davis who was impressive beyond words and also heartbreaking when he spoke about his son who is severely ill from ME/CFS. He spoke about the OMF and Open Medicine Institute (where I am also blessed to be receiving my treatment) and the level of commitment of these researchers to solve this illness is unlike anything I have ever seen. They are brilliant, dedicated, focused, determined and working around the clock to find a bio-marker, treatment, and cure. After that, Ryan Prior and Nicole Castillo spoke about the process of creating, filming and directing "Forgotten Plague." They were both extremely articulate and passionate about their goal. The movie is not quite done so we were shown a "Working cut" which still had edits to be made and an original musical score to be added. It was a beautiful film that at parts were a tear-jerker but overall was inspiring and made me incredibly hopeful that this disease will be solved in my lifetime. Many of our leading doctors were interviewed in the film including Dr. Peterson, Dr. Kogelnick and Dr. Kaufman of OMI, Dr. Lapp, Dr. Lipkin, Dr. Komaroff, Dr. Klimas and her research team at INIM, Dr. Montoya, Staci Stevens and Chris Snell of the Workwell Foundation, and of course Dr. Ron Davis (and my apologies to anyone I am accidentally leaving out!) There were many patients and their families who told their stories in the film and I could relate to every single one. After the film they had a reception and we had the opportunity to speak with Ryan Prior, Linda Tannenbaum, and some of the doctors and researchers. The event was free but we were able to make a donation to the "End ME/CFS Project" and spoke with other patients re: treatments we are doing. The film will have it's official premiere in 2015, once it is completed and all the edits are done, and then Ryan will be having screenings at festivals and in towns all around the world. It was truly a blessing to be able to attend this historic event.