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MIGRAINE MILLION CAMPAIGN TO RALLY ONE MILLION MIGRAINESUFFERERS TO RAISE MONEY FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Raising a Million, Helping MillionsCHICAGO, June 4, 2009
The National Headache Foundation has launched theMigraine Million campaign to rally one million of the nearly 30 million migrainesufferers in the United States to each donate $1 for migraine education and research.Imagine what could be accomplished if each contributor gave even more than a dollar!Migraine is a quality-of-life-altering neurobiological disease that disproportionatelyaffects women. Seventy percent of migraine sufferers are females primarily between theages of 15 and 55. Migraine strikes during the peak productive years causing sufferers tolose time from work, social and family functions. It should be noted that 70-80% of migraine sufferers have a family history of the condition.Data show that migraine alone is the 12th most disabling disorder in the U.S. today, yetheadache research does not receive nearly as much funding as needed to help millions of sufferers compared with other diseases that are less prevalent. Less than 1% of researchfunding from the National Institutes of Health research goes to headache. Yet, moreresearch is exactly what is needed to understand headache causes which will ultimatelyresult in better and more effective treatments.Promoting migraine awareness and education is the first step toward helping sufferersfind relief. Studies show that more than half of sufferers never received a physiciandiagnosis. By educating migraineurs about the benefits of taking a more proactive role intheir care, sufferers can enjoy an improved quality of life.
Suzanne E. SimonsExecutive Director312email@example.com