The City of Sacramento is recognizing Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), AKA Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), at City Council today with a proclamation being presented to patient Marilyn Yu at the council meeting. Councilmember Angelique Ashby is sponsoring the proclamation.

The illness is a neuro-immune disease that causes individuals to experience unrelenting weakness, post-exertional malaise, unrefreshed sleep, concentration problems, muscle pain, and other affects from ordinary tasks.

Yu, of Elk Grove, is accepting the proclamation on behalf of other patients. Until the illness struck two years ago, she was an avid marathon runner logging six to 10 miles a day. Today she says she is restricted in nearly all daily activities. By recognizing ME/CFS, Yu hopes to raise awareness about the debilitating effects and also increase funding to find a cure.

“I am extremely grateful to the City of Sacramento and region for spreading awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I see this step as a step toward opening up doors in the future, bringing awareness to other cities, if not nationally,” said Yu.

Those in the ME/CFS community who cannot rally for awareness, due to their condition, have been her inspiration throughout the proclamation process. For more information on the awareness day, please contact Marilyn Yu at 916-479-4645.

Sacramento joins West Sacramento and Elk Grove in recognizing today as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day.