This holiday season, the #MEAction community plans to flood the mailbox of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) with holiday cards calling for NIH NINDS Director, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, to take immediate ACTIONS to end the crisis of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
We need your help! Take action with us: Send Dr Koroshetz a holiday card (instructions below) to let him know he is not doing enough to fund and accelerate ME research.
#MEAction launched its #NotEnough4ME campaign this past October after the NIH released a report on ME/CFS that identifies critical issues, but fails to allocate resources or address the critical barriers to move the field forward. Essentially, the report punts any real progress down the field for several more decades. As chair of the Trans-NIH ME/CFS Working Group, Dr. Koroshetz is ultimately responsible for this new NIH plan for ME.
SEND YOUR HOLIDAY CARD
Too sick to mail a card? A volunteer can send the card on your behalf. Fill out this short form.
Able to send a card for someone with severe ME? Fill out this quick form.
Follow these 3 Steps!
1. Write your Card
Use your own card or select from one of these volunteer-designed cards!
Write a brief message to Dr. Koroshetz. It can be a one-liner or a paragraph, or a reimagining of a carol or jingle. Choose from one of our suggested messages – we have options for friends and allies. Or, write your own message! (Read our 5 demands of Dr. Koroshetz here.)
2. Share on Social Media
The goal of sharing our letter-writing action on social media is to generate online pressure on the NIH and Dr. Koroshetz, and inspire others to take action!
- Take a photo of yourself writing, sending or simply holding the card. Be as creative as you like!
- Post to social media using our campaign message and hashtags. Copy and paste our suggested text, or use your own.
3. Mail your card to Dr. Koroshetz
Mail your card by Friday, Dec. 13th to catch Dr. Koroshetz before he takes off for the holidays! It’s also fine to send your card anytime until New Year’s Day if you can’t get it done by Dec. 13.
Use a blank envelope (no markings, etc. so it doesn’t look suspicious) and include your return address. Don’t forget a stamp! Send it to:
Dr. Walter Koroshetz NINDS Office of the Director 31 Center Dr, Rm 8A52, MSC 2540 Bethesda, MD 20892-2540
Have a question? Check out our Cards to Koroshetz FAQs. WAIT, BEFORE YOU GO…
Let us know you’re sending a card!
It helps us to keep track of the numbers. (Bonus: upload an image of your card here.)
Need Assistance Sending Your Card?
We encourage people with severe ME to participate by having a volunteer fill out and send your card. Fill out this short form, which gives you the option to add your message and/or photo.
Able to Help Others?
Fill out this quick form, and indicate the max number of cards you can help write and send (1 is fine!), and we’ll send you instructions.