Nominate WPI for $200,000 from American Express

jace

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http://www.takepart.com/membersproject/vote/nominate/

If you do nothing else today, please take a few minutes to click on the link above, and nominate the WPI for AMEX funds. Here are suggestions of what to put in the boxes you'll find there.

For the name:
The Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease

Location:
Nevada

For comments:
The Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro Immune Disease exists to bring discovery, knowledge, and effective treatments to patients with illnesses that are caused by acquired dysregulation of both the immune system and the nervous system, often resulting in life long disease and disability.

Whittemore Peterson Institute
University of Nevada, Reno MS 0552
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557-0552
(775) 682-8250
info@wpinstitute.org

Let us know on this thread that you've done it, so we can keep this thread bouncing at the top of this forum ;)
 

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Is it going to be detrimental to the applicaton if we all write the same comments? Would it be better if our brains allow to write something different so it doesn't look contrived?
 

Nielk

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Just took care of it.
It only took about 4 minutes of my time.
I feel good that I started my day on a positive note.
 

jace

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I can't take the credit, I just spread the work done by others... ;) We are all on the same side, after all.
 

jace

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Brilliant stuff, guys. Thanks cfidsurfer, camas, helen and emmanuelle, Francelle, Nielk, SpecialK82, frenchtulip, jstefi glenp and ballard.

More info: Winners of the cash need to fulfill the following criteria:

1. be operationally stable
2. have a presence across the US
3. have a clear and meaningful mission
4. have a broad support base
5. serve diverse audiences
6. be a U.S. based 501c3

Obviously, the WPI does all those things. Pandora are asking for people to nominate both Pandora and the WPI - here's their suggestion of the comment wording
In August, the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease (WPI), 501(c)3 corporation, celebrated the opening of their $77 million facility at the University of Nevada. According to their press release, they are the first institute in the world to integrate research, education and treatment of neuro-immune diseases, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Atypical Multiple Sclerosis, Gulf War Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), and Fibromyalgia. Even before the official grand opening, they made a break-through discovery that has provided hope to millions of people worldwide who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, an often seriously-debilitating disorder that takes away a person's ability to do most activities, including daily grooming. The retrovirus discovery (XMRV) and possible treatment discoveries have implications for potential treatment for millions in the U.S. and around the world. It also has the potential of preventing disease in millions more.
Of course, people can write their own words too.

Thanks again, all you lovely people. Together we are strong :wink:
 

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Here's a quick ramble I sent in, FWIW:
I have been housebound with ME/CFS for over 16 years and ill in total 22 years. It took over 5 years for me to get diagnosed. In that time, I went from being mildly affected to being severely affected. If I had been diagnosed earlier, I doubt very much I would have become so ill. With better knowledge of the aetiology and pathophysiology, diagnostic tests should be possible. As well as possibly treatments. The WPI are at the forefront of making this happen. Research into Neuro-Immune Diseases is a neglected area - the WPI is bringing hope to many. But it needs more support to achieve its potential.