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Message to members
New Chairman makes
Appropriately, I’m writing this message
on Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Day. Dr. King was one of my heroes. He inspired me to make a personal commitment to teach school in
CFIDS Association founder Marc Iverson is another of my heroes. He, too, inspired me to
make a personal commitment, first to my local CFIDS support group, then to my state CFIDS association.
When I was stricken with CFIDS in 1989, I was devastated. My career, my participation in athletics,
and my enjoyment of friends and family disappeared.
But then I discovered The CFIDS Association
of America—the creation, the dream, of Marc Iverson. The Association was a candle in the darkness, glowing
brighter each year, offering the support I needed to rally.
As I take the reins of Association
Chairman from Marc, I want to thank him for his vision, his tenacity, and his courage. For sustaining
me in my darkest hour. All of us in the CFIDS community owe you. Big time.
I, like Marc, see the
CFIDS patients and caregivers, and the physicians and researchers who have dedicated their careers to
us, as a community.
In the new millennium, the facts are in. With almost 1 million sufferers,
CFIDS is not just our problem, it is everyone’s problem. The Association must continue to be the catalyst
that inspires others to make our cause their own.
Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I, too, have
a dream. It is a dream that I know you, our members, share. I dream of the day when the mission of the
Association—to conquer CFIDS—is a mission that more Americans share and support.
Jonathan Sterling, Chairman