Wednesday, March 16, 2011

National Migraine Organizations: Hope

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Are you familiar with the national organizations raising funds, providing support and lobbying for migraine patients? Let me give you a brief overview. They need our support.

Migraine Research Foundation - The Migraine Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for migraine-related research efforts. So far they've awarded $700,000 in research grants to 15 researchers. All of the Migraine Research Foundation's administrative overhead costs are covered by underwriters, so all of your donation goes directly to funding migraine research.

National Headache Foundation - The National Headache Foundation provides information and support to headache patients, families and treatment providers. They help facilitate support groups and hold educational programs and meetings throughout the country. There are some excellent educational materials available on their website.

American Migraine Foundation - The American Migraine Foundation is under the umbrella of the American Headache Society, a professional society committed to improving the knowledge and skills of medical practitioners who treat headache and migraine patients. Their particular focus is on education: both for medical professionals themselves and the public. They also support and encourage scientific research that benefits migraine patients.

Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy - The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy is a collection of nonprofit organizations engaged in advocacy and research related to headache disorders. They advocate for increased funding for headache disorders research and other similar awareness efforts, including lobbying on Capitol Hill. They will be holding their Headache on the Hill lobbying event again this year on May 31, 2011, and June 1, 2011.

If you visit the AHDA website you can sign up for action alerts that easily allow you to contact your Congressional representatives to encourage them to support funding and policy that foster headache disorders research. You won't be inundated with email by the group, and it's truly very quick and simple to participate in the action alerts. It's too easy not to do it if you or someone you care about lives with a headache disorder.

Donations to any of these groups are welcome and encouraged. You don't have to give a lot to make a difference. If we all give a little it will add up quickly.

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