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Whitney's Belated 39th Birthday Fundraiser

You all know very well that when ME/CFS says "stop" you just have to stop. I wanted to make my 39th birthday fundraiser in time to post it on my birthday, October 3rd. I REALLY wanted to. But ME/CFS said "stop". So despite all the ideas I had for it and the vision I had for it I had to wait. This was hard because we have raised a substantial amount of money for Superman’s (Ronald W. Davis) research in both of my last 2 birthday fundraisers. $67,000 total! That’s a lot. Ron has bought critical instruments with this money both years that have propelled his research forward.

Link To My Fundraiser On Spotfund

Be sure to watch the new video I made to go with the fundraiser and feel free to share it with anyone.

100% of the donations from this fundraiser go directly to Ron’s research at Ron’s lab.

And OMF is currently running a triple match giving campaign and this fundraiser qualifies for triple match. So everything we raise with this fundraiser will be tripled and that will all go to Ronald W Davis’s research!

In 2020, my birthday fundraiser allowed Ron's lab to purchase a HIgh Pressure Liquid Chromatography Instrument. Ron and everybody in the lab are really excited and grateful to get this new instrument because it has allowed them to do a large number of new experiments.

In 2021, my birthday fundraiser allowed Ron’s lab to purchase an electrochemical detector. They are using it to measure BH4, folate, and other metabolites in the arginine pathway. No other laboratory has ever measured these things in MECFS patients. These molecules have been implicated in MECFS for a long time but they’re hard to measure and there’s no commercial assay so no one has studied them in ME/CFS patients. They are involved in the production of some of the hormones like dopamine and the production of nitric oxide, which is involved in blood flow. All these things may be involved in why the itaconate shunt does not turn off which could be the cause of ME/CFS.

This year, 2022, Ron needs to buy a second High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) instrument because they are using it so much it will delay their work unless they have a second one. The HPLC sits next to the electrochemical detector he bought with our fundraiser last year, which allows the HPLC to detect things at a much more sensitive level than what the HPLC can on its own. But they do not need this level of sensitivity for all of their assays so the electrochemical detector doesn’t get used for some of them. If they had two HPLC’s they could use one for assays demanding more sensitivity and the other for the rest, greatly speeding up their work.

This is not only a birthday fundraiser but a great, easy way to donate to Ron’s research in general and a perfect thing to show people who don’t understand ME/CFS to help them understand. It has emotional impact as well as lots of compelling information.

Link To My Fundraiser On Spotfund

Lets all rally and beat the last 2 years! I’ve set a goal of $40,000 but we can beat that. I need your donations to make this happen. I also need you to like, comment and share this post. All 3 of those help this post go viral and be seen by others so they can donate too. So please like, comment and share! Let’s make miracles happen!

Happy Birthday me! But what I want for my birthday is for all of you to recover and get your lives back. I want to end ME/CFS. There is so much hope coming out of Ron’s lab. He is getting closer to finding the cause every month of every year. The more funding Ron has the sooner we will end ME/CFS and all get our lives back.

Link To My Fundraiser On Spotfund

Love,
Whitney

   

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