With the huge emphasis we’ve put on the public awareness campaign in recent months, it’s easy to lose sight of the many other ways the Association serves and supports the CFIDS community. Each year we publish a comprehensive annual report, providing a recap of not only financial results, but also highlights from our programs. You can request a copy of our most recent annual report by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Until we publish our 2006 report, I wanted to share our Top 10 milestones from the past year, a reminder of the breadth and scope of the activities of the only organization working on so many fronts to conquer CFIDS.
- The first Chronicle of 2006 was a blockbuster 64-page edition, recapping the Science and Research of CFS. Its distribution was broadened beyond our membership list to spread the news to health care professionals, researchers, lawmakers, public health officials, media professionals and other influential people around the country. Copies are still available through http://www.cfids.org/special/default.asp.
- Nearly 400 people attended Association sponsored Education and Empowerment seminars, part of our kNOw MORE CFS series of events. In May, CFS experts Dr. David Bell and Patricia Fennell delivered a program in Akron, Ohio and in October, Drs. Charles Lapp and Leonard Jason held a standing-room-only crowd’s attention in Sacramento, California.
Our exhibit, Help the person behind the symptoms, aimed at primary care providers and sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traveled to nine national conferences, including those organized by the American College of Physicians, American Association of Family Physicians, Pri-Med (East, West, South and Midwest), the American Association of Physician Assistants, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
I hope you’ll be inspired by these signs of progress. Being on the front lines for 16 years myself, I know it’s not nearly enough, but this has been a remarkable year and positions us for even greater success in 2007. I invite you to support this work and help sustain this momentum the greater the force propelling us, the faster we’ll travel together.
K. Kimberly McCleary
President & CEO
The CFIDS Association of America