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Time For Action Campaign
Tell Congress to Act on the Washington Post Ad
Organizer: Charlotte (wpostad@gmail.com)
On Monday, December 6th, the Washington Post published the first-ever informational ad on ME/CFS with emphasis on the new retroviral findings. To get the most out of this, I ask all those affected by ME/CFS to send the brief message below to their Congressperson  and Senators. (The ad can be found here: http://mcwpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Virus-Ad-for-Web1.pdf)
Suggested Message:
Did you know a new HIV-like virus has been found in ME/CFS patients as well as potential blood donors?  ME/CFS patients like me paid for a Washington Post
ad alerting people like you about this health crisis.  Please take a look!  It's on page A12 of the December 6th issue of the Post and can also be found here: http://mcwpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Virus-Ad-for-Web1.pdf
The CDC has been aware of the potential infectious nature of ME/CFS since it investigated an outbreak of the disease 25 years ago.  Yet it took a private lab to discover this debilitating disease is linked to a retrovirus.
What are YOU doing to ensure our federal health agencies are using their resources to fund and thoroughly investigate the infectious agents found in ME/CFS patients like me?
Faxing the message and ad (http://mcwpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Virus-Ad-for-Web1.pdf) is preferable.  If you don't have a fax machine, www.faxorama.com 
allows you to send two free fax messages daily via email (directions below).  If you prefer to email, that's OK too, of course. 
To find your Congressperson's and Senators'  fax  and email addresses, go to www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb.  Scroll down to the map of the US and follow the directions on the left side of the page.
Please let me know who you've contacted and how at wpostad@gmail.com.  And if you get a response from someone in Congress, please forward it to the above email address or send me a message. That way we can come back at another time and remind the recipients that they did, indeed, receive this!  
Thank you for participating in this Action!
 Note: Step-by step directions for using Faxorama:
a) Go to www.faxorama.com and take note of the type of files that can be attached by looking at the file extensions listed above the "Attachments" windows.
b) Copy and paste the sample letter into your word processor, then "save as" with a file extension faxorama accepts.  Remember the name of the file or rename it to one that's easy to remember, then click "save".
c) Go to http://mcwpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Virus-Ad-for-Web1.pdf and save the ad to your computer.
d) Go to www.faxorama.com.  Fill in the Sender and Receiver information.
e) Click on "browse" next to the Attachment #1 window.  This will take you to the documents, including the sample letter you saved, that are stored on your computer's hard drive. When you find your sample letter file, click on "open".  The file name will now show up in  the attachment window on faxorama.
f) Click on "browse" next to the Attachment #2 window and open the the ad file on your computer.
g) Copy the confirmation code and click on "Send free fax now".  You should receive a confirmation email when your fax is sent.