Alexandra Duncan

Science Fiction. Fantasy. Feminism.

Holiday Giveaway Results

Hi everyone! We have a winner for the Holiday Giveaway. Congratulations to Colette, who chose the Solve ME/CFS Initiative as the recipient of the $50 donation. I asked her if she would like to share a little bit about the organization and why it's important to her. Here's Colette,

ME/CFS affects millions of people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities around the world.  The illness greatly decreases physical and mental function, causing chronic fatigue, dizziness, concentration/memory problems, and numerous other symptoms.  Currently there is no one diagnostic test for ME/CFS and no cure.  All treatments are symptom based and often offer little relief to ME/CFS sufferers.

I personally struggle with ME/CFS and know the impact it can have on daily activities that may seem routine to most people.  Completing an hour of homework, going out for dinner, or on bad days even getting out of bed can be difficult.  I contracted ME/CFS in middle school, and have fought it for almost five years now.  The Solve ME/CFS Initiative has offered hope and support to patients like me who seek a solution.  The organization funds research studies to try to discover a diagnostic test and cure for ME/CFS.  Solve Me/CFS Initiative also strives to advocate for ME/CFS patients.  ME/CFS is a widely misunderstood illness, and can often be met with ignorance and incorrect information.  ME/CFS is a real illness, and with the help of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative a diagnoses, treatment, and worldwide understanding are possible. 

Thanks to Colette for bringing this great charity to everyone's attention, and to everyone who participated, especially those of you who shared the names of your favorite charities. Please check out my A Better World page, where I've added some of your suggestions.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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