Megan Grigg

I'm fundraising to give hope and help to the 250,000 people living with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) across Australia.

As most of you know, I've had ME/CFS for 27 years. But I'm one of the lucky ones, classified as 'moderate', as I'm able to leave the house a few times per week, with the help of a powered wheelchair. Twenty-five percent of people with ME/CFS are classified as 'severe', and are housebound or bedbound, with many people unable to work or participate in community life. People living with ME/CFS often feel invisible due to the unknown cause of the condition, lack of effective treatments and limited community awareness, leading many to 'go missing' from their own lives. And what is worse, this condition is usually permanent, as it is estimated only 5% of people return to their pre-illness level of functioning.

Funds raised go to Emerge Australia, the national body working to help people living with ME/CFS.

For our essential work to keep going, Emerge Australia relies on generous support from the community as we continue to lobby for increased public awareness and funding for biomedical research.

Megan Grigg