The 29th Anniversary of May 12th will arrive in


Various information is included on this page, including:


May 12th is approaching quickly and we hope you will join in and help to raise awareness on the day or sometime during the month of May. Most activities are listed on our Facebook page site. Here are some of the main events. If you can’t find what you are looking for or need ideas for an event, please Contact Us. A complete list of events are available at

Light Up the Night Challenge

Join us for the 2nd Annual International Light Up the Night Challenge on May 12th.

The challenge is to get as many buildings as possible in your country to light up with one of the 3 colours used on May 12th – blue, purple or green. We want public buildings/places like City Halls, Niagara Falls and we want individual homes lit up too!

These are the illnesses for each colour:

Blue – Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Purple – Fibromyalgia (FM)
Green – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) or Lyme

We will all be winners but there will be bragging rights awarded to the country with the most photos in each of these categories:

1. # of Public Buildings/Places

2. # of Private Residences

The contest will be coordinated by the May 12th team and photos and final results posted on the May 12th International Awareness Day page.

To enter, photos should be taken and sent to us by email.

All pictures must be emailed by May 31st to be included. When sending the photo, include information about where the photo was taken (i.e. town, region, country) The May 12th team will count and post the photos on Facebook as they come in and post the final results as soon as possible after the 31st..

Any questions please Contact Us.

The 2014 winners were Northern Ireland for most buildings and Canada for most residences. Here are last years photos.


We want May 12th proclaimed in as many towns and cities as possible. Please contact your city hall and ask for them to proclaim May 12th as International Awareness Day.

Here is a sample letter and proclamation you can use to contact your city hall.


If you use Facebook or Twitter please join our Thunderclap.

Awareness Events History

2015 Awareness Events

2015 Awareness Events

Awareness Ribbons

For additional awareness ribbons that you can use please see Blogging for ME/CFS Awareness.


The following list of websites are made available to help you find information about May 12th International Awareness Day, the illnesses or supporting organizations.

If you know of any items that should be added, please “Contact Us”.

Australia Australia


The Hummingbirds’ Foundation for M.E. (HFME) –

Belgium Belgium


Belgium ME/CFS Association –
R.E.D. Laboratories –

Canada Canada


Action CIND –
Association Québécoise de l’Encéphalomyélite Myalgique (AQEM) –
Brockville M.E Association –
Environmental Health Association of Ontario –
Fibromyalgia London Group –
Kitchener-Waterloo Fibromyalgia Support Group –
MEFM Societies of BC –
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Ontario (MEAO) –
National ME/FM Action Network –
Nightingale Research Foundation, Canada –
Nova Scotia Environmental Health Centre –
Waterloo Wellington Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association –

Denmark Denmark


Dansk ME Forening –

Germany Germany


Fatigatio eV –

Holland Holland


Het Alternatief –

International International


CINDpedia –
International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis –

Ireland Ireland


Irish ME/CFS Association –
Irish ME Trust –

Italy Italy


Associazione Malati di CFS –

Norway Norway


Norges ME-forening –

Spain Spain


Liga SFC –

Switzerland Switzerland


Verein CFS Schweiz –

USA United States of America


CFIDS Association of America –
CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help Program –
Dr. Charles Lapp – Hunter-Hopkins Center –
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum –
Dr. Leonard Jason – DePaul University CFS Research –
Environmental Working Group (EWG) –
Health Rising –
International Association for CFS/ME –
Invisible Diseases –
MCS America –
ME Action – –
National CFIDS Foundation –
National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) –
Phoenix Rising –
Prohealth Library –
Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro Immune Disease –

UK United Kingdom


Association of Young People with ME –
Dr Sarah Myhill MB BS –
Invest in ME UK –
ME Association –
ME Research UK –
ME Support –
Stone Bird –
TYMES Trust (The Young ME Sufferers Trust) –