Whitney Dafoe's 38th Birthday Fundraiser for Ronald W. Davis's research

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I've just donated, and my CFS brain didn't notice that the default is a charge of 15% of the donation. I saw it, but assumed I had to check something to agree.

They are very quick and friendly about changing the charge.
 

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It's official — thanks to your generosity, we've raised more than $1.5 million for OMF funded research! OMF can now afford the microscope! :) :bow: :balloons: :trophy:
That's great news but OMF is funding 6 research centers. I'm not sure how it works but we don't know what they've earmarked those funds for. I don't think any lab can just take money as they wish.

I mean, they knew OMF'd be getting around that amount this time of year, and still they specifically asked for the microscope. It's got to be for a good reason.

They said if you want money to go to Dr. Davis's lab specifically you've got to write a remark when donating to OMF. Or just donate where Whitney Dafoe linked at the beginning

https://www.spotfund.com/story/c0668b8a-91c3-4934-a40f-9f3dbcb8967a?SFID=FindaCureForMEcfs
 

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That's great news but OMF is funding 6 research centers. I'm not sure how it works but we don't know what they've earmarked those funds for. I don't think any lab can just take money as they wish.

I mean, they knew OMF'd be getting around that amount this time of year, and still they specifically asked for the microscope. It's got to be for a good reason.

They said if you want money to go to Dr. Davis's lab specifically you've got to write a remark when donating to OMF. Or just donate where Whitney Dafoe linked at the beginning

https://www.spotfund.com/story/c0668b8a-91c3-4934-a40f-9f3dbcb8967a?SFID=FindaCureForMEcfs
The raised the fundraising target and they got pledges of matching donations.
 
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I don't understand this - why does Ron need to buy his own microscope? At all of the universities I worked (3 different ones in Australia but pretty sure it's the same across all), there are just university owned microscopes (and other assets) that you can pay to use per hour..

If you really need equipment that is specialised then you have to get some grant funding. I realise Ron has applied for multiple grants (yes it's very normal to get rejected constantly and apply constantly for more), but being such a well known professor from such a well known university I'm surprised by how little access he has to equipment and funding support.

If a fluorescence microscope is the biggest hurdle currently then we're further away from a cure than we realised..
 

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If I remember correctly funding was cut to the lab when they switched to studying ME/CFS. Anyone who knows anything about history of mistreatment of ME/CFS won't be surprised by that.

As for why they don't use Stanford's microscopes


I am also guessing that the intense work they are doing doesn't lend well to waiting in line for a microscope or renting it per hour only when it's available.

Let's just believe Dr. Ron Davis that his lab needs the microscope, shall we?

If you can, donate here

https://www.spotfund.com/story/c0668b8a-91c3-4934-a40f-9f3dbcb8967a?SFID=FindaCureForMEcfs
 
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If I remember correctly funding was cut to the lab when they switched to studying ME/CFS. Anyone who knows anything about history of mistreatment of ME/CFS won't be surprised by that.

As for why they don't use Stanford's microscopes


I am also guessing that the intense work they are doing doesn't lend well to waiting in line for a microscope or renting it per hour only when it's available.

Let's just believe Dr. Ron Davis that his lab needs the microscope, shall we?

If you can, donate here

https://www.spotfund.com/story/c0668b8a-91c3-4934-a40f-9f3dbcb8967a?SFID=FindaCureForMEcfs
You'd normally book as many hours as you'd need in a row.. But yeah I'm not sure how it works in America.

It makes sense that they just chose a piece of equipment for people to contribute to as it is an easier goal to visualise than something like "money for general lab use".