Harmony is sponsoring a benefit to help our friend Julie Houska.
A statement from Julie:
Thank you all for wanting to help me in this very difficult time...I've been suffering from a progressive neuro-immune disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Fibroymyalgia, which have been slowly disabling me for years, and I'm no longer able to run my business full time. It takes many years to diagnose these ill...nesses and I only recently got that dx and was able to finally apply for disability and other financial assistance, but it could take some time. I am in a serious health and financial crisis. But, I'm hoping that this benefit will not only relieve some of my financial crisis due to my health problems but also raise awareness of this disease previously known as Epstein Barr Virus in the U.S., which was renamed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the 1980s by the CDC.
I, along with 17 million people worldwide, am suffering from this disease, and the numbers are growing. It's viral in nature and greatly compromises the immune system, which in turn, compromises other systems in the body. Yet, no matter how many people become disabled from it, the CDC refuses to fund the proper research to learn how to diagnose and treat this very destructive and disabling disease. Their actions have led to millions of people suffering a slow kind of death with no diagnostic testing, no treatments, no cure, and no hope for the future. Fortunately, researchers at the privately funded Whittemore Peterson Institute in Nevada have identified a possible cause…XMRV, the 3rd human retrovirus to be discovered, and their tireless efforts have given us all a lot of hope lately. There will be literature available at the benefit.
I am humbled and honored to have such great friends who want to help me at this crisis point in my life...YOU ARE ALL THE BEST! As difficult as my situation is, has been, and will continue to be, for this moment, I'm feeling VERY fortunate indeed!
Lots of love to you all and thank you soooo much ♥
Norm Wennet 7:30
Beki Brindle band 8:00
Venture Lift 8:45
Doug Yoel 9:30
RT & Sredni 10:00
Marc Black & Friends 10:30
Flash & Friends 11:15
Salted Bones 12:00
Come out and show some love!
If you cannot attend and still wish to donate, please send a check to Julie Houska, c/o Harmony, 52 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498