Jay Leno Makes Fun of People with CFS

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 3000 W. Alameda Avenue Burbank, CA 91523 Dear Mr. Leno and NBC Executives, We, the undersigned, are deeply saddened by your comments regarding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome during your show on September 16, 2004. As a celebrity, we ask you to consider that your content can and does influence the general public\'s viewpoints about many issues, including how those of us with \"invisible illnesses\" are perceived by our families, friends, co-workers, peers and the general public. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and its family of related disorders effect an estimated 550,000 people in the United States alone. We struggle daily to live our lives with ever-changing and often painful limitations. Some of us are unable to work, attend school, interact with our families or participate in many activities that were formerly enjoyable. We struggle to do what most people, including yourself, can take for granted - live life to the fullest. While we can appreciate your comments were meant as a joke, we respectfully ask you to carefully consider the harm you\'ve caused and ask for a full, public apology for those of us who know firsthand Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not a laughing matter. Sincerely, The Undersigned

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - More Information http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/cfs.htm http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/chronicfatiguesyndrome.html

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    Michael Campbell, United Kingdom

    7 years ago Comments: I suffer from the disorder and let's be fair, it just isn't fair, you wouldn't make fun of someone with aids, why do it to people with cfs
    Country: GB
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    David Letterman, United States

    7 years ago
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    Tracy Loeffler, United States

    10 years ago Comments: Please educate yourself before you joke about any illnesses that effects entire lifestyles and families like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and related invisible illnesses. They have torn people and their famlies apart, it did mine and hundreds of others. I see NO joke in this. It is difficult to understand the daily pain and struggles we have to through every ardous minute by minute, if you do not suffer from one or more. I ask again that you please reasearch CFS again, and you may find a few others that may surprise you as well. Thank you!
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