You can contribute to the success of the AIMS study in multiple ways:
- We need people with CFS/ME of all ages and from all locations to be part of the study. You can participate in the study by volunteering a blood sample. Currently we are including people in the continental United States, but are looking for ways to have blood shipped from overseas so that people there can participate.
- You can recruit a person without a diagnosis of CFS/ME to donate a blood sample that will serve as a comparison sample. We need people who are age and sex matched to serve as controls for all groups of patients. Ask your friends and family if they are willing to serve as a control. They can sign up under the Participate tab too, or call the office at (707) 387-3030 to let us know they are willing to be a control.
- Members of the community can make a tax-deductible donation through Gordon Medical Research Center (GMRC) to help fund the AIMS study, or encourage friends, family, and co-workers, or organizations to do so. GMRC is a non-profit organization that fundraises for medical research for chronic and poorly defined illnesses. You may donate to this study through their website.
GMRC is a 501-3c tax exempt corporation, and your donations are tax deductible, dependent on your individual tax situation.
Funding Help Is Needed
For years, Dr. Eric Gordon of Gordon Medical Associates (GMA) has contributed his time, money, and resources to research on CFS and other chronic illness, along with a few generous donors who were interested in his work. While he continues to generously support the research, the establishment of the Gordon Medical Research Center (GMRC) creates a vehicle for the research to be supported by tax-deductible donations. AIMS is funded through GMRC. Funding will determine how many tests we are able to run through the study. We are looking for support for the investigation from those people most interested in its success. There are many ways to help ensure that AIMS is successful.
Currently we are contacting major donors to help support the work. Large corporate investments can be individually designed to meet shareholder’s requirements. If you know of an individual or an organization that would like to make a large donation to SISOH’s research, please contact Carla Rae at (707) 387-3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How You Can Help
- You can donate any amount to support the study and metabolomics research. Choose the option on the GMRC Donations page of “Metabolomics in CFS/ME” to support general metabolomics research, or you can choose the “AIMS Study” if you wish your donation to specifically benefit this study only. Donations can be made in honor of someone else if desired, and there are options for matching funds from employers, or to automatically donate monthly.
- All donations of any amount are welcome. Donations to this third metabolomic study will go to sample collection, metabolomic data generation, and development of CFS/ME-specific analysis software.
- If you know of an individual or an organization that might like to make a large donation to SISOH’s research, please ask them to contact Carla Rae at (707) 387-3030 or email@example.com to find out more information. Large corporate investments can be individually designed to meet shareholder requirements.
*Gordon Medical Research Center is a tax exempt organization, and donations may be tax deductible depending on your specific tax situation. Consult with a tax specialist or lawyer to be sure what is correct in your case.
You can also use the crowdfunding websites Razoo and GoFundMe to set up your own campaign to help support our research through donations to GMRC. If you prefer another crowdfunding site, we are happy to help set up GMRC there. Funds raised through a campaign at these sites that is registered to GMRC will be sent directly to GMRC. Remember that almost all crowdfunding sites have fees deducted from the funds you raise. If you want to be able to make a tax-deductible donation with no fees, then use the GMRC Donations page to donate directly. The advantage of crowdfunding sites is that they are well set up for you to easily promote your fundraiser.
- With Razoo, choose the option to Fundraise for Charity. Enter the amount you want to raise, and choose Gordon Medical Research Center as the charity you wish to support. Razoo will then walk you through the steps to set up your campaign, including emails, Facebook and other options.
- With GoFundMe, you first need to create an account. Then you choose the option of Raise Money For Charity. Search for the Gordon Medical Research Center, and choose it as the charity you wish to support. GoFundMe will walk you through the steps to get started.
We will be providing more detailed information on how to do crowdfunding soon.
Finally, Spread the Word!
You can spread the word about the study to the CFS/ME community. Post about it, talk about, let people know how important this research is, to you and to all the people suffering from CFS/ME.
Thank you for your time and your support of this study, SISOH, and GMRC! We look forwarded to working with the CFS/ME patient community and their supporters to make this unique research study a success.