Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Race to solve CFS

Note to moderators: re-sent with dates.

This is a message from Claudia Goodell, an organizer of the 2nd Annual
24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest: A Race to SolveCFS to be held on
June 18, 2011 in McGaffey, New Mexico.


2nd Annual 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest: A Race to SolveCFS

Hi everyone,

I was diagnosed with ME/CFS 6 years ago. After many years of mountain
biking and competing I thought there ought to be a cycling event that
could benefit ME/CFS, so I contacted a race director I knew and told
her about myself, ME/CFS, and my idea. She replied saying that she
wanted to start New Mexico's first 24 hour mountain bike race, and
that she had also been diagnosed with ME/CFS. Well, the relationship
and the planning commenced, and together with 3 other staff members
and 80 volunteers, the 2010 24 HITEF was a huge success.

With about 250 racers we raised over $9,000 in cash and over $20,000
worth of in-kind donations, which all went to The CFIDS Association of
America. This year we expect to double pariticipation and I have
ramped up the fundraising efforts. Donations will continue to benefit
The CFIDS Association of America.

You can Help!
Please consider sending a downloadable letter to friends, family,
current or previous co-workers, etc. The more people who know about
this event the more we can circulate awareness about ME/CFS and
increase our fundraising power. Instructions can be found below, or on
the event website under the link for Fundraising.

This is a portion of what I have sent out to my non-patient contacts.

There are several things you can do.

1) You can register to race competitively or recreationally
2) You can sign up to volunteer a block of time at the event
3) You can purchase some very nice glass mugs, which are sand etched
and hand painted by Brad Goodell, who has generously agreed to donate
a portion of the proceeds to SolveCFS. They can be viewed and
purchased through the Shop link on the website.
4) You can easily run your own fundraising campaign. On the
Fundraising link you will find downloadable fundraising template
letters /forms for racers, patients, and others. These can be shared
with family, friends, co-workers, etc. via snail mail, email, or
Facebook. Students can run a fundraising campaign (providing awareness
that there are pediatric patients as well).

Please consider supporting this event however you can, and please
share this email with others.

Thank you,
Claudia Goodell
Fundraising 24 HITEF
[email protected]
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