Cards for Koroshetz: Send a Holiday Card to NIH Demanding Action!

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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.


Volunteer for the #NotEnough4ME Campaign

This is just the latest action in our #NotEnough4ME campaign! We are actively growing our campaign, and would love for you to join our talented community of volunteers! Fill out this short form.

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5 thoughts on “Cards for Koroshetz: Send a Holiday Card to NIH Demanding Action!”

  1. Catherine Atherton

    Sorry, but I have to raise this: Is Dr Koroshetz Jewish? If so, sending him a card that brands him “the Grinch who stole Christmas” is not exactly sensitive.

    1. Very good point, Catherine. We do not know if Dr. Koroshetz is Jewish or not, and certainly do not want to suggest that he himself is a Grinch character. Rather the card characterizes the actions of the NIH in its treatment of people with ME as the Grinch character.

  2. Funding for ME is very low considering the numbers of people who have it. I would so love to get back to my life, activities of daily living, career and service to others and completion of several unfulfilled doctorates. Please help us with ongoing valid pertinent comprehensive research acknowledging the veracity of ME/CFIDS being a neurological and physical system illness, not psychological.

    Thank you for listening

  3. Finding is soo low for ME and my heart breaks for my 24 year old cousin who had to move far away from home (and his younger sister withdrew from college to care for him.) He is a warrior but needs assistance. Please help this very needy cause. His family is devastated and watching their son struggle thousands of miles away.
    Sincerely,
    Tracy in NY

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