April 23, 2011

Chase Community Giving: Vote for WPI!

Chase Community Giving is holding a charity contest offering a share in $2,500,000 to the 100 charities that receive the most votes from Facebook fans. The Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) for Neuro-Immune Diseases is one of the charities vying for votes and they need our support! 

WPI is a vital organization to the CFS and fibromyalgia community that drives significant research, awareness, and advances in patient care.  With enough funds, the institute provides hope for the discovery of definitive diagnostics, treatments, and even a cure for these life-altering diseases.  WPI’s work also contributes to advances in the understanding of other neuro-immune diseases, including autism and Lyme’s disease.

Voting is easy and only takes a few minutes!
If you have a facebook account:
1. Go to http://www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving?ref=ts
2. Click "like" at the top of the page
3. Go to http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/
4. Type "Whittemore Peterson Institute" in the search box
5. Click on the WPI and select vote!

Remember, every vote counts!  Take a minute of your day to make a difference. 


  1. From the Whittemore Peterson Institute Facebook page:

    A message from Annette Whittemore .

    "As the competition moves along more charities are combining efforts. In the spirit of working together for patients, we're asking for people to use any unused votes to help support the CAA. Many have already voted for both and we thank you. Let's make medical research and patients a priority on this top 10 list for Chase."


    Links for the two organisations are:

    (i) the CFIDS Association of America: http://t.co/VZEd5Pk

    (ii) the Whittemore Peterson Institute http://t.co/Ev8j2dP

  2. There's currently a vote ending in less than 2 days time (11:59am EST Nov 22).

    Some details below from latest leaderboard (2 days 6 hours before end)

    As nobody was doing this (that I know of), for recent leaderboards I have been following the votes being got by the leading 9 ME/CFS groups along with how much 100th position has gone up by (101st would be slightly more interesting but one can't see that).

    For the last 7 12-hour periods, 100th position has gone up by
    (chronologically): +39, +44, +53, +40, +61, +75, +50. At the last leaderboard 100th was at 882 votes. That's with 2 days, 6 hours to go.

    Looking at the last two jumps (i.e. +75 and +50) (it would be extra work for me to calculate too many periods) apart from the IACFS/ME, the groups have been losing ground.

    It is going to be touch-and-go for lots of groups whether they get the $25,000 or not.

    #30 INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME/ME Chicago, IL http://bit.ly/s48mcK (+74) 1,228 (+53) 1,281

    #34 CFSKNOWLEDGECENTER INC Wellington, FL http://bit.ly/lkvWpU (+50)
    1,194 (+37) 1,231

    http://bit.ly/sJXeQ9 (+52) 1,016 (+50) 1,066

    #72 ROCKY MOUNTAIN CFS/ME AND FM ASSOCIATION Denver, CO http://bit.ly/s5fAJh (+38) 931 (+36) 967

    Sun Prairie, WI http://bit.ly/mlmr0c (+42) 906 (+39) 945

    #90 ENTEROVIRUS FOUNDATION INC San Francisco, CA http://bit.ly/lzhRfi
    (+47) 862 (+36) 896

    #93 NJCFSA Florham Park, NJ http://bit.ly/tXpa46 (+54) 850 (+43) 893

    #158 CFOG, INC Kennesaw, GA http://bit.ly/kdavB3 (+47) 481 (+31) 512

    #180 CONNECTICUT-CHRONIC FATIGUE AND IMMUNE DYSFNCTN SYNDROME ASSOC INC Milford, CT http://bit.ly/uqIqF7 (+20) 368 (+23) 391

    In previous CCG contests, there has been a charge towards the end of the contest from other groups. As is clear, the ME/CFS are generally just hanging in there - not keeping up with how much 100th is jumping up by but perhaps able to hold on if things go right. 4 groups are within 85 votes of 100th position.

    A few votes could make all the difference ...