Ask your local media to raise awareness
Virtual Lobby Day Action #2
May 12 is International CFIDS/CFS/ME Awareness Day and May is generally recognized as "prime time" for awareness-raising and education activities. Your local media can help spread the word about the impact, severity and prevalence of CFS. Direct them to information resources and ask them to bring greater understanding to the public.
Advocate Amanda Rinkel of Puyullup, Washington, used the Grassroots Action Center to contact her local media outlets about CFS. Her letter was published verbatim in the April 28, 2007, edition of the Seattle-Intelligencer. As Amanda told readers of Seattle's daily newspaper, "I fell ill at 17 years old and at 21 was declared disabled due to CFS. I look relatively healthy, but there are days when I can't get out of bed. This illness is not my life, but it has taken a large part of it." Her letter shared facts and statistics, just like the one linked to this alert.
Become inspired by Amanda's story -- personal letters published in papers all over the country will have an impact that's hard to match. Whether you have CFS, or a friend or family member does, share your story today. Just click "Take Action," enter your zip code and say as much or as little as you'd like about how CFS has affected your life.