Press Event Held
On November 3, 2006, the CDC and CFIDS Association hosted a press conference to introduce the campaign to the media and provide reporters with an update on CFS research. Click here to read more about the press event.
NBC Nightly News Covered CFS
NBC Nightly News reported on CFS and the awareness campaign on November 2. The segment featured interviews with CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding and CFS patient and Association board member Jennie Spotila. Watch the segment at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15535705 and view all the media coverage at http://www.cfids.org/sparkcfs/media-coverage.asp.
Celebrity Spokespeople Sign on to Campaign
Laura Hillenbrand is serving as the CFIDS Association’s honorary chair of the Spark campaign. The author of the best-selling book Seabiscuit: An American Legend she has been battling CFS for the past 20 years. Hillenbrand took four years to write Seabiscuit due to her illness and has talked publicly about the price her body paid to complete the book. She has helped raise awareness of the illness through hundreds of interviews for print, broadcast and radio media. She also served as a consultant to the producers of the 2003 full-length feature film based on the book. Hillenbrand’s New Yorker essay, "A Sudden Illness," written about her experience with CFS, won the 2004 National Magazine Award for essay writing.