It’s all about the science for Melissa Boyer of Amarillo, Texas, sick with CFS for 16 years.
“I had slow onset and was pretty confused for a while about what was going on,” she says. “I had been a serious athlete in my teens, then worked and had an active social life in my 20s and it all just came to a halt in 1995.”
Boyer wasn’t diagnosed until the year 2000, but it was at that point that her doctor recommended that she contact the Association to begin to learn more about her illness and ways to cope.
Now, she’s one of the first donors to the Association’s Catalyst Fund, a special initiative designed to transform CFS research and provide $2 million to fund up to eight new grants, strengthen the SolveCFS BioBank, develop a biomarker “hit list” and expand networks and collaborations among researchers in the field.
“I’m pretty excited about the Association’s commitment to science and research, and excited about the results the first round of research has produced. I appreciate the Association’s professionalism and the strict adherence to scientific standards,” Boyer says.
“I’ve also been impressed with Kim’s and Suzanne’s ability to recruit amazing new talent to the field! I’m thrilled with the Scientific Advisory Board – what an all-star make-up of professionals to contribute to the cause! Now, more than ever, we as donors need to capitalize on these funding opportunities.”
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