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Both Geoff and I have suffered with Severe ME for over 15 years - Prior to ME we both enjoyed full, active lives. We worked, travelled, played sport, had social lives, and, well, put simply, we had our freedom and our health. Sadly ME has taken all this away, as it has for so many of our friends. Severe chronic pain and distressing neurological symptoms dominate each day – it’s so incredibly hard to cope with day in day out, year after year. This quiz has been organised to raise money for Invest In ME’s Biomedical Research Fund. This will not only fund vital biomedical ME research, it will also go towards the setting up and running of an ME Clinic treating severely affected patients. This is URGENTLY needed as currently thousands of these very ill patients are receiving absolutely no treatment. Incredibly money raised by this quiz (up to £750) will be MATCHED by a hugely generous friend, and donated to Invest In ME’s Rituximab Research Fund: In 2011 a Norwegian Study showed that 67% of ME sufferers improved after an infusion of the drug Rituximab. Given these promising results it’s essential that more studies are carried out to see if these results can be replicated, hence IiME have decided to embark on a fund-raising exercise to raise money specifically for a UK Rituximab trial. If Rituximab continues to show in trials that it is effective in reducing ME symptoms this is very very exciting news for ME Sufferers.
The Summer Picture Quiz
Our Picture quiz is only £2 to enter. 1st prize is £50, 2nd prize is £20 and luxury organic chocolate is 3rd prize. All prize money has been donated, so EVERY penny you give will go to Invest In ME's Biomedical Fund. Also, as explained above all funds raised will be MATCHED & donated to The Invest In ME's Rituximab Research Fund.
To enter, it’s simple: Firstly you pay for your quiz entry by either using Justgiving or TextGiving (simply text SPQZ88 followed by the amount: £2 + donation if you choose to 70070). Then, send your name (as it appears on your Facebook account) and the word “Paid” in an email to Summer-Picture-Quiz@sky.com We'll email you an answer-sheet and you are then free to access the Summer Picture Quiz Facebook Page. You can return to the quiz page as often as you like before completing your answer sheet. Closing date is: 25th October 2013. Good Luck!!
Here is some more info on ME:
ME is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a serious neurological illness. It affects around 240,000 people in the UK alone. It is a potentially severe, disabling and chronic condition affecting the immune and central nervous system, and varies greatly in its severity and duration. Some people do recover or at least make a partial recovery, but for many, symptoms remain for decades. These symptoms include incapacitating exhaustion after even the slightest activity, together with malaise, nausea, joint and muscle pain, and disturbances of major body systems eg.respiratory, auto-immune and cardio-vascular. Severe chronic pain and major digestive problems are also common. Very severely affected sufferers can experience paralysis, severe light & noise intolerances & some even require tube or intra venous feeding.
Hopefully if more research is carried out, a cure or at least an effective treatment can be found for this devastating illness. All money raised by this quiz will go to: Invest In ME (Charity No. 1114035)
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