Campaign raises awareness for disease "ignored by public health authorities"

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Locals gathered along Menomonie St. near the Dairy Queen entrance to Carson Park to raise awareness for a disease they say is ignored by public health authorities.

The Millions Missing campaign supports ME, a chronic fatigue syndrome that affects more than one million Americans.

Pairs of shoes lined the sidewalks which organizers say represents people missing from their lives because of the disease.
“M.E. affects approximately two-and-a-half million people in the United States and over 20 million people worldwide,” says Ellie Strand of Eau Claire. “Seventy-five percent of the people are like me, they're unable to continue to work and 25 percent of them are like I used to be, and homebound and/or in bed all the time.”

Strand is calling for more funding to research the disease that affects so many.

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