The George Washington volleyball team's "Play for ME/CFS
Tournament " raised over $3,000 for the Open Medicine Institute last month.
GW volleyball senior Candace Silva-Martin organized the reverse-coed tournament in honor of her Aunt Lynn, who is battling the disease.
"I would like to thank all of the volunteers, participants, spectators and everyone that donated to this cause," said Silva-Martin. "The tournament was a great success and I am proud to announce that together we raised $3,035, all of which will be donated directly to the Open Medicine Institute so they can continue the great work and research they have done in an effort to find a cure."
Open Medicine Institute is the leading organization in researching and finding a cure for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
ME/CFS is a neurological viral immune disorder that can cause dysfunction of the brain, gastrointestinal, immune, endocrine and cardiac systems. In the U.S. alone, there are more than one million people who have ME/CFS, and it affects more than eight million people worldwide.