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Public Who shall we nominate for the 2018 CNN Hero Award?

Discussion in 'Health News and Research unrelated to ME/CFS' started by MErmaid, Dec 18, 2017.

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Nominations for 2018 CNN Heroes Award

  1. Jen Brea

    47.9%
  2. Maureen Hanson

    2.1%
  3. Jose Montoya

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Ron Davis

    10.4%
  5. Ian Lipkin

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Mark Davis

    2.1%
  7. Alem Matthees

    22.9%
  8. David Tuller

    14.6%
  9. Other

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Ryan Prior

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. MErmaid

    MErmaid Guest

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    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/2018/nominations/

    Next years nominations are open.

    The visibility of gaining a top ten slot and also the final winner of the prestigious CNN Heroes Award would be a huge win for ME awareness. Who would you like to see in the public spotlight that could best advocate for ME? I will set up a more complete poll when I gain your feedback. I would like to get the other forums involved too; collectively we could all work on a common goal.

    Here are a few names, but the list is not complete:
     
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  2. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    David Tuller?

    Alem Matthees?
     
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  3. Samuel

    Samuel Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    great idea.

    does this thrust an obligation on a candidate or winner?
     
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  4. MErmaid

    MErmaid Guest

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    The winner will be thrust into the public spotlight, so this may translate into requests for interviews and TV appearances. They also get to spend $100K, which I assume would lead to accountability if CNN broadcast a followup segment.
     
  5. Alvin

    Alvin Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    This is a hard one to choose, but i picked Dr Davis because the money would go into research, and he is a scientist who can answer technical ME/CFS questions on air (even better press) :)
    That said there are many great candidates here, David Tuller was the first name i thought of.
     
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    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

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    Personally, I'd like to see Alem recognised more, for what he achieved and for what it cost him, but I'm not sure this would be the best thing to nominate him for. Not that it isn't a good idea, just probably not the best for him.
     
  7. Alvin

    Alvin Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I agree, though perhaps we should ask him if he wants to be nominated given the costs/rewards if he wins the poll?
     
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    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

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    If I remember right didn't his sister-in-law respond via Twitter to recent discussion of him?
     
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  9. Alvin

    Alvin Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I have no idea :(
     
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    Esther12 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I hadn't even thought of anything like that. Probably should have done so before casually chucking names out.
     
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    BurnA Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I wouldn't classify Lipkin, Montoya or Mark Davis in the hero category. They are researchers / doctors doing great work but I don't think i could call them hero's.

    I would have to put Ron Davis and Maureen Hanson in a similar category, great researchers who I have tremendous respect for and admire so much. They are doing great work inspired by their loved ones and I am so glad they are involved.

    So for me it comes down to Jen, David or Alem.
    All worthy winners.

    I give my vote to David because he is doing this not as a patient, but as soneone who cares about injustice, and speaking up for right over wrong.
    And I think the open letters are probably the best thing we have to wave in the face of Sir Simon and The Lancet.
     
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  12. Alvin

    Alvin Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    No worries, no harm done
     
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    NelliePledge Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Alem. The guy deserves a Nobel prize for the contribution he has made which has had such an impact on him that makes it Herculean.
     
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    I would say Alem, but thinking strategically I would say Jen. She is more visible right now than anyone else and can capitalise on it for all of us. More likely to gain votes if we are serious about this. Strategy.

    There's no doubt Alem deserves an award.

    @Graham has been in contact with his family in the past
     
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    arewenearlythereyet Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    David gets my vote too for the same reasons
     
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    I voted for Jen. I think it's worth promoting and ME sufferer who has managed despite serious illness to raise the profile of the illness in an astonishingly effective way and continues to do so at risk to her health.

    My second choice is Alem. I think he is a true hero too, and am hugely grateful to him, but his story will not cut through to the public in the same way, and as it's the 2017 award, Jen is a more current and visible story likely to garner more votes.
     
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    Grigor Established Member (Voting Rights)

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    I love everyone on this list but I'm missing Ryan Prior. He's working there.
     
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    I agree Alem should definitely win something, he’s my personal hero. I like Rons approach its refreshing and worthy of some recognition. But I agree that Jen is the strategic choice, she has the public profile and is more likely to get support. I do wish she would repurpose some of the Unrest foootage and make a 5 min ME explainer video, or even a series of videos...
     
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    I've said Alem Matthees because in many ways he has been a primary game changer, but I'm aware that if he won then the publicity might actually be harmful to him, which none of us would want of course. If not Alem, then I'm torn between David Tuller and Jen Brea.
     
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    NelliePledge Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Yes good point @Barry i did think about the fact Alem wouldn't be able to do publicity. Hopefully someone would do it on his behalf though and the fact that he would be unable to do interviews would be an important message about ME.
     
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