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Topic: Sock it 2 ME/CFS - A Public Art Activism Project  (Read 869 times)
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« on: April 24, 2010 01:22:47 PM »

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • causes more functional impairment than diabetes, heart failure or kidney disease.
  • creates a level of disability comparable to Multiple Sclerosis, chemotherapy or the final stages of AIDS.
  • strikes men, women and children: an estimated 17 to 20 million people worldwide.
  • receives inadequate funding for research, treatment and education.
  • is the subject of widespread misunderstanding.

But a new public art project to raise awareness for ME/CFS, similar to what the AIDs Quilt did for AIDs, has begun. The idea is to create a banner of socks, each one personalized for someone who suffers from the disease. Send in a sock to represent yourself if you have ME/CFS, or send one to represent someone you care about who has the disease. The socks will be gathered into a long garland with others. Together theyll be displayed at conferences, events, marches and parades to make ME/CFS more visible.

If you don't know anyone with ME/CFS and you don't have the disease yourself, you can still help. There's a call for volunteers -- Artists, Crafters, Activists, Event Organizers, People Who Know How to Throw a Good Party, Spare Hands with No Particular Skill but a Will to Help Out, All of the Above: email sockit2MEcfs@gmail.com to find out how you can help.

For all the details on the project, how to send in a sock, news updates, etc. go to http://www.sockit2mecfs.org/

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2010 07:19:16 AM »

Thanks for the info!

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