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Triumph! ME/CFS Community Propels Phoenix Rising and NIDA to Win in Chase!

The ME/CFS community wins $30,000 for NIDA and Phoenix Rising in the two-week Chase contest

It looked like Phoenix Rising was toast; we had dropped from 86th on Sept 10th to 136th and then all the way to 174th and had a meager 40 vote cushion with a day and a half to go……and then the ME/CFS Community erupted – propelling us all the way up to 133rd and allowing us to win $10,000.  It was an amazing jump and we can’t thank the ME/CFS Community enough for your efforts.

NIDA’s story was less dramatic but in the end they were on the edge, too, at 87th place in the last day with just a 9 place cushion before they fell into the $10,000 slot.  Again the ME/CFS community – from Norway and Sweden to Australia  to the US – jumped in, and solidified NIDA’s position in the last frantic hours of voting bringing them $20,000 for the exciting OMI-MERIT project that you’ll hopefully be hearing about soon in these pages.

Next Year – In the past three years, Chase has poured about $200,000 into the ME/CFS community’s coffers…With the Chase rules this year limiting the number of votes that could be cast it was a tough year for the smaller non-profits. Next year, though, Phoenix Rising, as it has done in the past two years, will use its resources to bring Chase money to more well-deserving chronic fatigue syndrome non-profits.   We’re committed to keeping the tradition of at least two ME/CFS organizations bringing home the bucks come Chase time and we’ve already come up with some new ideas :)

Thanks again for your help…

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