I first learned of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome through my uncle, Harvey Keith Carden, who battled this illness for many years. ME/CFS is a little understood, though fairly common, disorder which cause extreme fatigue that is not improved by rest, exhaustion, pain, and trouble thinking. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), at this time, "There is no cure or approved treatment for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)."
My uncle Keith was an outspoken advocate for greater research efforts into ME/CFS, and worked tirelessly to raise awareness for research into a treatment, research which is unfortunately very underfunded and overlooked.
Tragically, in April of 2018, Uncle Keith took his own life, leaving behind a big whole to fill. I can't begin to replicate the passion that he had for this cause, but I believe there is a way to turn my passion of racing into a catalyst for ME/CFS research. I run to raise awareness for this cause, and if you are at all able, I encourage you to donate - any amount, large or small, helps.
All funds raised through this page will go to the End ME/CFS Project, run by the Open Medicine Foundation, which provides funding to the two major research teams working on this problem - one at Stanford University led by geneticist Ron Davis, and one at Harvard University led by Ronald G. Tompkins and Wenzhong Xiao.