Nov 30 Update: Voting time is now over, and the winning ad will be announced 24 hours before it runs in the Washington Post. The date of publication is yet to be determined. Meanwhile, go to http://mcwpa.org to see all four ad options if you haven't already, and for news about other facets of the awareness campaign.
The ME/CFS Worldwide Patient Alliance (http://mcwpa.org) - a nonprofit grassroots project dedicated to raising public awareness & pressure for federal research funding - will soon be running a half-page kick-off ad in the Washington Post.
The purpose of the ad is to draw attention to the XMRV retrovirus and the low priority given to research, despite the gravity of the associated public health risk – so as to set off a cascade of press attention, questions, and stories on the subject.
There are four alternative ads - vote for your favorite. Anyone can vote, no strings attached; so, patients and advocates, please visit the MCWPA website and vote for one of the four alternative ads that Alliance volunteers have created – at http://mcwpa.org/2010/11/ads-ready-for-final-vote/.
There are links to each of the four ads for you to review. When you know which one you prefer, scroll down to “Go Here to Vote for Your Favorite Ad” and make your selection.
VOTING DEADLINE MONDAY NOV 29 – by midnight Eastern Time
Publication Date - Because the Washington Post has designated this a discount-priced “charity ad,” it will not run on a pre-set day, but rather when they have space for it within a 2-week time window. MCWPA will issue a report on the winning ad, and an alert when the publication date is known.