n his bestseller The Tipping Point, author Malcolm Gladwell defines the title subject as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.”
Which is how Amy Divine, Association board member, defines this moment in the life of CFS research and the Catalyst Fund.
Sick since a sudden-onset flu in 1986, Divine says her life has “become much, much smaller. I was living in New York and working in television. I had to give up everything, my career, and move to Colorado,” she says. “But I did have a family and could start a couple of small nonprofit organizations because those were things I could do with support and at my own pace. Now I’m on the board of the Association, and that’s where I’ve chosen to devote my energy.”
She discovered the Association early in both her illness and the organization’s existence. “It became a lifeline in terms of understanding what was happening in the field and learning ways to deal with the illness.”
Like other donors to The Catalyst Fund, Divine is excited about the Association’s targeted research focus. “My hope is the Fund can be a force in continuing to seed the research that will get us to treatment and credibility faster than anything else will,” she says. “For the first time in many years, I’m excited about the research potential and feel like we’re at a tipping point in understanding the illness and getting our lives back. That’s why I want to do anything I can to build on the momentum that’s out there now. Now is the time – and every little bit anyone can give can make a difference.”
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