OMF supporter, Matt S., wanted to celebrate his 60th birthday in a special way, so he contacted us to brainstorm how he could include OMF. (A little background: I first met Matt a couple years ago shortly after his then 14 year old son was diagnosed with ME/CFS. Immediately, we connected on a very personal level, both parents on a mission to cure our kids.)
Matt and his family decided to host a party that would also raise money. They invited his extended family, friends and some business associates to join them. To keep the costs down and increase the net dollars raised, which was important to him, they hosted it at their home and family helped with a simple BBQ lunch. In the invitation Matt wrote:
“I’m not sure where the time went, but it seems I am about to turn 60 years old. I have been so blessed and there is very little that I want or need, other than more time with my friends and a cure for my son’s illness (ME/CFS). So that’s where you come in….
…There will be burgers, beer, wine and hanging out with some really great people. We also hope that you will help us accelerate finding a cure for our son by supporting Open Medicine Foundation in lieu of any gift, card or condolences you may have offered me.”
Matt’s community was thrilled to attend and they donated over $7,000 USD! He said “a number of people that couldn’t attend still were happy to make donations. I should have invited more!”
At his party, he gave out OMF flyers and everyone wore our End ME/CFS bracelets. It was so successful that he and his family are planning a “2nd Annual 60th Party” for next year!
Thank you and congratulations to Matt and his family and a special thank you for sharing your story to inspire others.