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** ANNOUNCEMENT**

AFFTER is pleased to announce that we have awarded our 2nd research grant! Read more...

AFFTER (Advocates for Fibromyalgia Funding, Treatment, Education and Research) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization run by volunteers, most of whom have fibromyalgia. We have a solid organization in place with a professional board of directors and a strong medical advisory committee, including nationally and internationally known researchers.

There are board members responsible for things such as: coordinating fund raising activities, educational projects and materials, networking with other groups, publications, publicity, and internet correspondence, etc.
AFFTER helps educate patients, their families and the medical community by providing support groups, seminars and various printed and electronic materials. The internet has been instrumental in our ability to reach folks across the globe, offering support, medical news and research updates.

AFFTER is literally on a mission to make research happen for fibromyalgia. We collaborate with our Medical Advisory Committee and others to conduct, publish and fund research. We host charitable activities to raise funds to award grants for specific research projects.

All donations are tax deductible, and with very little overhead go directly towards our mission. We are committed to provide valuable information and resources to help people with FMS and related illnesses.
 

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Thanks to all who participated in the AFFTER’S F.I.B.R.O. Survey, 2009!

 (To see the results of our survey’s from the last two years click here)

MISSION STATEMENT

To participate in activities that increase awareness and understanding of fibromyalgia in the public, medical community and patient population. To organize charitable activities to specifically fund research and education that could lead to finding a cure or more effective treatments for fibromyalgia.

Why Donate To AFFTER?

AFFTER (Advocates for Fibromyalgia Funding, Treatment, Education & Research) is a 501(c)(3) and volunteer run organization founded in 1999. One of our main efforts is in providing support for the fibromyalgia community. Our mission is to fund educational activities and to fund research for fibromyalgia which offers hope to those suffering with this condition. In doing so, we are reaching out to you and the community for help with our efforts.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic and disabling condition characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and poor sleep. Other problems such as sleep disorders, irritable bowl or bladder, restless leg syndrome, headaches, reduced endurance, cognitive and/or memory impairments, as well as many others often accompany it. As a result of its debilitating nature, over half of the population that suffers from FMS is unable to continue desired employment. It affects nearly ten million Americans, including men, women, and children. There is no cure or treatment found highly effective due to the lack of allocated research.

AFFTER focuses on education, self-help, advocacy and research for FMS. We run various FMS support groups and news forums, offer published newsletters (print and online), organize educational events and self-help courses, and work with renowned researchers to conduct, publish and fund research.

AFFTER is collecting contributions through charitable events and private donations as a means of funding our third research grant and educational initiatives. We are looking at several projects to fund, including a website overhaul and more of our own research. Our last research grant was awarded for fMRI research, which allows cognitive and pain processing in fibromyalgia to be visualized and analyzed. You can find related abstracts and more information about this and other research on our website at: http://www.affter.org/research.htm.

If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation you can do so by check or on line with a credit card. Perhaps you have a loved one with fibromyalgia and would like to honor them with a gift donation, or you may be interested in becoming a sponsor for an upcoming event. You can review these options and registration form on our website at: www.AFFTER.org/events.htm.

Thank you for your time and for considering this request.

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* You do not need a PayPal account to Donate to AFFTER, All donations are 100% tax deductible.

   

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