Chase (the bank people) have set up an interesting system for deciding who gets some of their money. Instead of figuring out for themselves who is most deserving, they leave it up to the public to vote. So an institution doing serious research that could, in the end, save hundreds of thousands of lives (not to mention saving the US national economy billions of dollars on medical bills and disability payments) is left using up precious time to scramble for votes among patients, many of whom are bed-bound without the energy to use a computer. I guess I'll pass on social commentary and the questions surrounding corporate social responsibility and how it is managed. Let me just say, if you're reading this, please join Facebook and then 'like' Chase Community Giving, and then vote for the Whittemore Peterson Institute - they are working hard to find a cause and a cure for myalgic encephalomyelitis (aka "CFS") and I am enormously grateful to them. And I've copied the next bit from someone who writes far better than I do, Laurel, who writes the Dreams at Stake blog:
"In my opinion, the WPI has done more for ME/CFS research and awareness in the last few years than any other organization or government institute has done in 25 years. I am hopeful that, with enough funds, they will someday soon be able to find definitive biophysical markers, viable treatments (currently none exist) and possibly even a cure in my lifetime.
It is important to note that the WPI is also seeking answers for autism, Lyme disease, atypical MS and other neuro-immune diseases.
To vote for them, all you need to do is the following:
(Note: Facebook account required)
1. Go to: http://www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving?ref=ts
2. Click "like" on top of the page
3. Go to: http://apps.facebook.com/c
4. Type "Whittemore Peterson Institute" in the search box
5. Click on the WPI and then click VOTE!
And you are done! It takes less than one minute, and could make a huge difference for all those suffering from this disease."