Driving research of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS),
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia and Long Covid

October 23 – November 27, 2018
$1,500,000
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UPDATE: Thank you for the groundswell of support for Triple Tuesday OMF. This Triple Tuesday was our most successful yet. We did more than meet our goals, we surpassed them — raising more than $1,500,000!

What if the entire world came together to give?

Imagine what we could do!

In response to the new opportunities and hope from the Community Symposium, anonymous donors have stepped forward to encourage everyone to contribute at this critical stage in ME / CFS research.

Every day between now and International Giving Tuesday is TRIPLE TUESDAY OMF.

This year we have the good fortune to accelerate research with an unprecedented matching gift opportunity for Triple Tuesday! Several anonymous donors were inspired by the recent Working Group Meetings and Community Symposium on the Molecular Basis of ME / CFS at Stanford University, sponsored by OMF.

2018 Working Group Meeting

Make Your Donation Go Farther

Our generous matching donors will triple every dollar you donate. So your $10 donation will be tripled to $30; $100 to $300; and $1,000 to $3,000. Your donation, of any amount, will help OMF reach our goal.  HELP US KEEP THIS MOMENTUM GROWING TO ACCELERATE RESEARCH AND RAISE OVER $1 MILLION FOR RESEARCH! #TRIPLETUESDAYOMF 

Triple Tuesday OMF includes donations made any day of the week from October 23 to Giving Tuesday on November 27.

Join this global action to accelerate finding a cure to help millions of people suffering from ME / CFS and other related chronic, complex diseases. Help them return to living the lives they dream about. Together we will raise over a half million dollars for research.

Triple Tuesday OMF donations support OMF’s efforts leading research and delivering hope for patients around the world.

Please join our Triple Tuesday OMF campaign!

#TripleTuesdayOMF will run from October 23 – November 27, 2018. Donate any day of the week during this period to have your gift tripled.

Donate via Bitcoin here.

Ideas to Get Involved

Donate

  • Donate directly to OMF and have your donation tripled.
  • Create a personal fundraising page and invite your family and friends to donate NOW to TRIPLE their donation.
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  • Organize a fundraiser and leverage the power of #TripleTuesdayOMF. Host a bake sale, invite friends to a coffee, organize a used book sale or holiday boutique, have fun and help to raise awareness of and dollars for research. Plan something simple or reach for the sky. Our TEAM OMF resources can help you have a very successful event.
  • Create a Facebook fundraiser, share your story why you support OMF and invite your contacts to donate to our matching gift campaign.
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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia Leading Research. Delivering Hope.Open Medicine Foundation®

What are the advantages of giving from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF)?

  • Your gifts to your donor advised fund entitle you to an immediate income tax deduction at the time of contribution.
  • You avoid capital gains tax on appreciated assets you place in your donor advised fund.
  • Your fund’s investment gains accumulate tax free.
  • Funds are distributed to Open Medicine Foundation in your name and immediately put to use to support our worldwide research efforts.

How do I make a donation through my DAF?

Just click on the DAF widget below. It is simple and convenient to find your fund among the over 900 funds in our system.

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  • You can also designate OMF as a beneficiary for your Donor Advised Fund
  • Questions? Give us a call at 650-242-8669 
 

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia Leading Research. Delivering Hope.Open Medicine Foundation®

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.

BACKGROUND

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 STUDY

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.

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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 six prestigious ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centers around the world. To learn more, visit www.omf.ngo.

CONTACT:

Heather Ah San

Development and Communications Manager

1-650-242-8669

heather@omf.ngo