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Shoes, electronics, clothes, and many more items are purchased online. You can make some of that purchase price go toward Open Medicine Foundation’s Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) research with no additional cost to you.
In just seconds, you can adjust your Amazon.com account so that a portion of every purchase made in the U.S. goes toward OMF efforts. Through AmazonSmile, customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient features found at Amazon.com. If you shop Amazon through this link, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to OMF research.
iGive.com is an Internet company that harnesses the economic power of individuals to benefit their chosen charities and communities. iGive has 1,559 participating stores, many of which are popular and nationally known. If you make an online purchase from these stores through this link, OMF will receive 5-20% of the purchase amount, depending on the store and item bought.
Do you sell items on eBay? If so, you can help to support Open Medicine Foundation with one easy click. OMF is a registered eBay charity partner. Simply visit our eBay profile page and add your listing. You can determine what percentage of your sale will be donated to OMF. You can designate 10% or 100%. It’s up to you to select the percentage you are comfortable with. When your item sells, you will receive your payment and the designated percentage will be sent directly to OMF. In advance, good luck on your sales and thank you for helping to support research to end Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS).
If you shop on eBay, please visit OMF’s profile page and support those that are selling to benefit OMF. It’s a win for everyone.
When you shop at retailers and pay with the Benefit Mobile app, 1-20% of your purchase will become a donation to OMF. Learn more at Benefit Mobile.
When you shop at grocers or dine out, up to 5% of your purchase will become a donation to OMF. Learn more at eScrip.
If there is another scrip program in your area, we encourage you to explore and help us register OMF to receive a percentage of your purchases too. Please contact us to expand scrip opportunities, if you need any assistance, or with any questions.
OMF is a registered charity with Cards for Causes. When you order holiday cards, thank you or birthday cards, or order cards for any occasion, you can designate OMF as a beneficiary of your order and share your commitment with others.
When you shop at grocers or retailers or dine out, a part of your purchase will become a donation to OMF.
Averting a second pandemic:
Open Medicine Foundation leads groundbreaking international study of
Long COVID’s conversion to ME/CFS
AGOURA HILLS, CALIF. — Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is leading a large-scale international collaborative study investigating the potential conversion of Post-Acute Sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection — more commonly known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Syndrome — to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), a chronic, life-altering disease with no known cause, diagnostic test or FDA approved treatments available.
Up to 2.5 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from ME/CFS; the COVID-19 pandemic could at least double that number. An estimated 35 percent of Americans who had COVID-19 have failed to fully recover several months after infection, prompting many to call it “a potential second pandemic.”
OMF recognized a familiar health crisis emerging, one with eerie similarities to ME/CFS. This crisis presented a unique opportunity to understand how a viral infection — in this case COVID-19 — may develop into ME/CFS in some patients. The goal is to find targeted treatments for ME/CFS patients and ultimately prevent its onset in people infected with SARS-CoV-2 or other infections.
The federal government is only now investing in Post-COVID research, with no focus on its connection to ME/CFS. OMF has already engaged researchers for the largest-scale study of its kind, solely supported by private donors who have contributed over one million dollars to date. When fully funded, the five million dollar, three-year study will be conducted across the globe at OMF funded Collaborative Research Centers, led by some of the world’s top researchers and ME/CFS experts.
In a significant percentage of patients, infections preceded their development of ME/CFS. For example, according to the CDC about one in ten infected with Epstein-Barr virus, Ross River virus, or Coxiella burnetti develop symptoms that meet the criteria for ME/CFS.
The ability to follow the development of ME/CFS from a known viral infection is unprecedented to date and crucial to researchers’ understanding of the disease. The focus of this study is to find the biological differences between persons returning to good health after COVID-19 and persons who remained ill more than six months after infection and developed ME/CFS. Understanding these alterations in key pathways can lead to groundbreaking discoveries including new biomarkers, drug targets, and prevention and treatment strategies.
About Open Medicine Foundation
Established in 2012, Open Medicine Foundation leads the largest, concerted worldwide nonprofit effort to diagnose, treat, and prevent ME/CFS and related chronic, complex diseases such as Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Post COVID. OMF adds urgency to the search for answers by driving transformational philanthropy into global research. We have raised over $28 Million from private donors and facilitated and funded the establishment of five prestigious ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centers around the world. To learn more, visit www.omf.ngo.
Heather Ah San
Development and Communications Manager