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Activities and opportunities
from The CFIDS Association of America
Association welcomes new Board members
The CFIDS Association of America has added three new members
to its Board of Directors for 2003 and bids farewell to two valued members.
Joining the Board are Barbara Comerford, JD, Joseph
Lane and Mark Peterson, DDS. Comerford has been
practicing Social Security disability, private long-term disability and personal
injury law for more than 17 years. She is a person with CFIDS who considers
herself largely recovered. She also has taught disability law.
Lane is director of the Center for Assistive Technology at the
State University of New York at
Buffalo, a multi-disciplinary entity
conducting research, training and service programs for people with disabilities.
He also has established AZtech Inc., a not-for-profit company run by and for
people with disabilities. Lane’s interest in CFIDS stems from his wife’s battle
with the illness. He has served on the Association’s Medical Research Advisory
Commit-tee, helping to design the research symposia series.
Dr. Peterson is an orthodontist who has suffered with CFIDS
since the early 1990s. He has a keen interest in the Association’s public
policy program and fundraising activities. Dr, Peterson, his wife Frances and
his parents, Dr. Tom and Mrs. Margaret Peterson, participated in the
Association’s 2002 Lobby Day. He provided funding for, and was featured in, the
Association’s first Snapshots of CFIDS publication.
The Board’s leadership remains the same, with Jonathan B.
Sterling as chairman; Jane Perlmutter as vice-chairman; Patti Schmidt as
secretary; and Richard Baldwin as treasurer. Other Board members include Beth A.
Levine, Adrianne Ryan and John. S. Trussler.
Leaving the Board this year are Mac Sasser and John Ginsberg.
The Association thanks both for their valuable service, and wishes them
Annual fund fares well
More than 1,700 Association friends contributed to the 2002
Annual Fund, raising a total of $251,865 to help meet the ongoing need for
flexible, unrestricted income.
The Annual Fund drives the Association’s efforts in CFIDS
education, public policy and research — moving us closer to achieving our
mission of conquering CFIDS. Gifts to the campaign help strengthen our voice on
Capitol Hill; harness the talents of health educators and other leaders who care
deeply about people with CFIDS; unleash the tenacity of a skilled professional
staff dedicated to working on behalf of the CFIDS community; and tap the
potential of researchers and clinicians striving to unlock the mysteries of the
illness and bring improved health to those who suffer.
In a difficult year, your solid support was vital. Thank you
for your generosity and faith in The CFIDS Association of America.
Complete financial results will be available in the
Association’s 2002 Annual Report due out in June.
CFIDS ad runs in Times
A special thanks to the Faith and James Knight Foundation for
a grant that helped The CFIDS Association share its message with the two million
readers of The New York Times. Each November, the Times opens the holiday season
with “Giving,” an annual section devoted to philanthropy. The Association was
able to run a quarter-page ad with a headline that read, “CFIDS is more than
just fatigue — just ask any of the one million Americans who suffer” (see
photo). The text offered more information about the illness and encouraged
people to join the fight against CFIDS.