The Exercise-Free Plan to Raise $250,000

I recently ran 26.2 miles to raise money for narcolepsy research, proudly raising over $6,000. However, I am excited to announce a MUCH less physically-demanding way to raise $250,000 towards vital narcolepsy research!

As you may remember, I wrote a blog post about the narcolepsy specialist, Dr. Mignot of Stanford’s Center for Narcolepsy and his hopes to participate in the International Immunochip Project (click here to read more about Dr. Mignot and the importance of the Immunochip Project).

Exciting news – this project could possibly be funded through the Pepsi Refresh Everything Contest, if it receives enough votes!

Please consider taking 2 minutes to go to this site, sign in, and vote for this project to receive vital funding:
Throughout my marathon experience, many people said to me, “I could never run a marathon.” Understandable — but now — you can help narcolepsy research with just a few taps of computer keys every day! 

Why support this project? If able to particpate in the International Immunochip project, esteemed researchers of over 20 autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Celiac disease, Lupus, etc. (over 50,000 samples) would compare and contrast the genetic architecture, defining pathways of immune abnormalities. With funding we want to include narcolepsy patient samples in this important collaboration. To have these samples tested will raise narcolepsy knowledge and visibility to the level of other autoimmune diseases that are much better funded and studied. With participation we anticipate this will dramatically increase interest and research in narcolepsy.

I’m going to leave a note for myself next my computer to remind myself to vote for this project every day in June. Consider doing the same! Thank you.  


  1. Meatloaf on June 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I VOTED! This is great! Woohooo!

  2. A Knitter with Narcolepsy on June 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    This is so great! Thanks for getting the word out. I voted and I'm telling all of my family and friends to vote!

  3. Lynn on June 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I was just diagnosed last week, and loved reading your blog, having trained for my own non-gazelle marathon before I developed symptoms. I'll be pushing the Pepsi grant every day on Facebook…

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