CFS Community Speaks Out to Presidential Hopefuls
It’s never too early to start educating political candidates about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and its effects on the individual, the community and our nation. Top presidential candidates are ardently vying for America’s primary votes, and next January a new president will take office and begin leading the nation. Clearly, it’s important for these candidates to be aware of CFS and to understand what a major health issue it is.
In January the CFS community made its voice heard by sending nearly 5,000 letters to the slate of candidates in the presidential race at that time. Using a template and automated delivery process from the CFIDS Association’s Grassroots Action Center, thousands of people with CFS and their friends and family told candidates about the personal and national impact of this illness.
The letters—which could be customized to add the sender’s personal story and plea for action—began with this appeal: “As you continue your campaign to be our next president, I hope you will consider an important health issue that rarely claims media headlines, but has a dramatic impact on at least one million Americans, our communities and our nation.”
The message went on to educate candidates about some of the facts, figures and findings related to this illness. It closed with the concept of accountability: “I will monitor your campaign and actions through the CFIDS Association of America. I hope I can count on your help as I consider how to cast my ballot.”
With the race still on and the nation closing in on party nominees for the presidential election this November, you can add your voice to the call for greater awareness of CFS as a national health priority. To send your letter to the current candidates, click here.
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