Support the Fight for M.E. Equality
Team Member: Karna Adam
Tom Camenzind, or Tommy, as I've known him since we were kids, was always someone you knew was destined to go on to do great things. In photographs, he would never totally be looking into the camera because, most of the time, his mind was elsewhere--processing ideas and concepts at superhuman speeds.
Growing up, I counted Tommy as a best friend. In middle school, he and I would always compete for who would do better in any given class. But today, while I begin my first job in the real world after having graduated from college, Tommy spends his time bedridden because of a little-known, but devastating illness:ME.
Prior to contracting ME, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, Tommy was a 4.0 Stanford undergraduate who was being courted by companies like Facebook and Dropbox. Physically, he had been more than healthy--he had a clean medical history and even ran varsity track in high school. After the disease, however, not only did Tommy have to drop out of Stanford, but he also stopped being able to run 100 feet let alone a 100 meter dash. Fast forward a few more weeks and Tommy became too weak to walk or work for more than a few minutes a day.
Tommy is among 2.5 million people who suffer from ME in the US. But, despite the large number of afflicted persons, little funding is put into researching ME. Because of this, there is still no cure or even treatment for the disease.
And this is where you come in. Tommy doesn't stand a chance at recovering if awareness and funds aren't raised for this cause. So, for my birthday, please help me help Tommy.
Donate to fund media and awareness campaigns to bring Tommy, and ME, into the spotlight!