Bug Congress to Beat the Bite & Fund West Nile Virus Research
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Help Bug Congress to Beat the Bite & Fund West Nile Virus Research
President of the United States

Bug Congress to Beat the Bite & Fund West Nile Virus Research

    1. Ebonie Conner
    2. Petition by

      Ebonie Conner

      Arlington, TX

A modern day polio, West Nile Virus is a growing epidemic for which there is no vaccine, no cure, no treatment and no answers while the number of those infected skyrocket into thousands.

Recently an article in the Washington Post stated scientists believe WNV mutated into a more severe strand broadening its reach to include young people and those with no underlying health issues.

Not in a third world country but today in America people are dying due to a mosquito bite.The Center for Disease Control says the only way not to get WNV is not to get bitten. Basically once you've been bitten, that's it. 

Over the summer my teenage daughter Jordan went outside onto our balcony  for a moment of fresh air.  Almost immediately she was bitten by a mosquito. She returned inside never giving it a second thought.

A few days later I rushed her to the hospital after finding her nearly comatose. The mosquito bite infected my child with West Nile Meningoencephalitis. I had the doctors repeat it because it was surreal. (Among other things, lol!) I replied, "She What? West Nile? And not just West Nile but WEST NILE WHAT? 

My vibrant healthy daughter was placed in ICU to aid her struggle to survive. Prayers combined with tenacity made it possible for her to make miraculous progress. Our story made local and national news, headlines said "Teen Fought West Nile and Won". 

We didn't know the fight just begun. The elusive predatory nature of West Nile  plays hide and seek while viral effects run its course through your brain leaving a devastating aftermath of neurological damage ready to begin its game of cat and mouse.

Jordan, an energetic high school sophomore honor student in all pre AP classes with aspirations to  be a surgeon suffers from multiple rare disorders prohibiting  her to attend school. The greatest concern is for her life due to the progressive decline in her health.

I hold back my tears when I find myself wondering if this holiday season is the last my son & I share with Jordan. All over one mosquito bite?! Really?!!

West Nile bites like hell. The ripple effect of the virus continues to infect my family: physically, emotionally, mentally and financially. My days are consumed fighting to fulfill her survival and recovery needs all the while ensuring her younger brother Max doesn't feel invisible or less important.

West Nile invaded America nearly 14 years ago yet very little is known about the virus. Previously I didn't take WNV seriously. Now I can lose everything beginning with what's most important, my daughter's life. Don't risk your family, loved ones and community by underestimating West Nile. 

Currently the only protection against this deadly virus is prevention. You need to tell Congress that's not good enough.  WNV is going to infect more families thus crippling this great nation of ours if we don't do something now.

West Nile already infected my family there's no reason why it should affect yours too. No one else should bear the bite of West Nile. 

Jordan's birthday is January 5. I want to give her the gift of biting West Nile back for taking a bite out of her life. On January 5, 2013, I would like to give this incredibly deserving teen this petition signed with 1,000,000 signatures requesting President Obama & Congress put the bite back on West Nile virus by allocating funds for its research.

Your name supports efforts to Fight the Bite & Find a Cure. After the holidays comes Spring. Don't let West Nile come back to bite you!

From my family to yours....God bless you,

Ebonie Conner

 

To:
Help Bug Congress to Beat the Bite & Fund West Nile Virus Research
President of the United States
Don't Let West Nile Come Back to Bite America:
Finance the Fight Against the Bite & Fund West Nile Virus Research

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. If 1 person can make a difference, what kind of difference can we make?

      Ebonie Conner
      Petition Organizer

      You're busy and have a lot going on right now. I get it, I do. W/out support, I'm solely responsible for providing & parenting 2 teens, manage and advocate my daughter's health needs as well as those of others, w/little to no support. Quite frankly it's overwhelming yet I can still do something.

      And so can you!
      Have your family, friends & others you know sign this petition, that's significant. Many other ways you can help.

      I'm now putting the finishing touches on the website (had to 1st learn how) launching the iBiteBack West Nile Virus Campaign.

      In the next few days we'll provide you all the details including the many ways you can be involved & make more effective our efforts to provide relief to thousands of families already infected.

      We need to find a cure but until we do, we still must make a difference.

      Today help us fight & beat the bite of West Nile Virus w/a simple "Like" -
      www.facebook.com/ibitebackWNV

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Holidays are over, Let's do this! Submit Your WNV Story & Pics to be added.

      Ebonie Conner
      Petition Organizer

      IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS A WEST NILE SURVIVOR OR SUPPORT A SURVIVOR- WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

      We're now collecting brief summaries & stories of your experience to include on our upcoming west nile website & to add in our portfolio to present when we take our fight against West Nile to Washington.

      Inbox us your email address and info, if you are interested in being included. Even if we connected prior to the holidays, please resubmit your information and include if you only want your story made known or if you want to get involved.

      https://www.facebook.com/iBiteBackWNV

    4. Kids thank you for signing the petition, your prayers & support

      Ebonie Conner
      Petition Organizer
      Thank You for making our Christmas merry! -Jordan & Max

      This Christmas is dedicated to you. West Nile may have infected Jordan's body but your love infects our lives. God makes miracles happen through people. You're a miracle maker providing the children and I relief in our time of crisis. We would have lost everything, including Jordan, if you didn't get involved.

    5. The Resurrection of Hope

      Ebonie Conner
      Petition Organizer

      MSNBC has our story on their site, maybe a miracle is in the making locally or nationally.....Hope reignited!

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50052393/ns/local_news-dallas_fort_worth_tx/#.ULzwV4PAdrM

    6. THANK YOU ALL for signing! Please get others to do the same!

      Ebonie Conner
      Petition Organizer

      THANK YOU!!!

      Donations can be made to "The Conner Family Trust Fund" at any Chase Bank location or transfer electronically
      Our Chase Acct info- routing no: 111000614 Acct no: 425367278

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9HTXT7TPnI

      Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin - Thank You (From The Kingdom Come Sountrack)

      about the video.... Thank You (From The Kingdom Come Sountrack) Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 If not, pray this prayer and start a new life in Christ. Dear God, I come to You in the Name of Jesus.

    7. See our story tonite on NBC Dallas after tonight's Cowboys vs. Eagles game

      Ebonie Conner
      Petition Organizer
      Dallas-Fort Worth Breaking Local News, US & World, Business, Entertainment, Health News

      Read local, national, and world news from Dallas-Fort Worth NBC 5. See the latest updates on politics, business, entertainment and health news on NBC 5 DFW.

    8. Today Go 1on1 & Beat WNV! Have 1 person you know to sign petition.

      Ebonie Conner
      Petition Organizer

      Today, Get at least 1 person you know to sign this petition. This movement is not the cause to save one girl but a push to save our nation from its paralyzing effects and help those whose lives are already infected by this out of control epicdemical virus.

      Your voice is as powerful as your vote! You know the bite of one mosquito is potent enough to change the course of many people's lives.

      Did you also know the addition of yet one more signature packs a punch against West Nile via putting the bite on Congress to take actions necessary to reverse the course of this virus from spreading any further? It does!

      Together as one we can take the bite out of West Nile. If we don't do it now, West Nile will come back to bite America & the rest of the world hard!

      It takes less than 1 minute for you to add 1 more signature this petition.

      Let's Bite Back & win this!

    9. You Livin' on a Prayer?

      Ebonie Conner
      Petition Organizer

      Are you living on a prayer? I know it's hard but hold on & continue fighting.
      You will win if you don't quit!

      I want to share with you, I understand all you're facing right now. Life can be tough especially when battling a condition like WN. It's not "rare" like other known "rare" conditions it's really rare, hardly anything is known about it. The virus is vicious yet vague. It infects & attacks every area of your life.

      I know, us too. Prayer, hope& this petition is about all we have right now. I want to share w/you today-Jordan has Dr appt & my gas light on. I prayed all nite. Got up b4 kids, on my hands & knees searchn for spare change lying arnd hoping its enough for gas to tk her to Dr& bk home. It wasn't, I cried. God sd chk Chase donation acct. I sd, ??? I hv daily & nothn-reluctantly I obeyed. there it was GAS $$!WOOO!WOOO!

      So you hang on-Your miracle is in the making!
      God doesn't have faves, ask God for help & He will. Then jam to this!
      http://vimeo.com/23942810

      Bon Jovi - Livin on a Prayer

      Vimeo is the home for high-quality videos and the people who love them.

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. There IS a WNV vaccine just not for humans.....Really?!

      Ebonie Conner
      Petition Organizer

      Did you guys know there's a West Nile vaccine for HORSES?

      I had no idea...SMH

      "WEST NILE-INNOVATOR vaccines deliver demonstrated protection against West Nile Virus (WNV). WEST NILE-INNOVATOR vaccines aid in the prevention of viremia caused by WNV; equine encephalomyelitis due to Eastern, Western and Venezuelan viruses; and tetanus. Efficacy of the West Nile fraction was demonstrated in horses that received two doses of the vaccine and were challenged one year post-vaccination with WNV. The vaccine protected 95% of the vaccinates against infection, while 82% of the controls were viremic. WEST NILE-INNOVATOR is veterinarian’s first choice for equine WNV protection."

      That's great, now can we get some WNV vaccine for human protection?

    12. This Petition is for EVERYONE esp. those lives already bitten by WNV

      Ebonie Conner
      Petition Organizer

      Although it's our faces & photographs. Our purpose is to be the face & voice of WNV. We will humanize WNV so aggressive actions can be taken to give momentum to the fight against the bite enough to make a difference. We want to hear everyone's story whose directly affected by the sting of this horrific virus. No longer isolated by the obscurity of the virus, we now are integrated by an experience that is only understood by those who share it. Soon we will launch www.ibiteback.co iBiteBack will allow you to share your stories, post your photos etc. so the world can learn more about WNV. It's time to put the bite back on West Nile virus. We all have the responsibility to do so.
      www.facebook.com/ebonie.ireign

    13. Reached 50 signatures
    14. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Cheryl Collins SALEM, MO
      • 11 months ago

      I also was infected with WN meningioencephalitis. That was in 2002 and I was one of the first cases seen in my state. It has been a long 11 years and my life has changed irrevocably

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    • Tylene Hollingsworth LITTLETON, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      I was diagnosed with West Nile while serving my country 2003. I continue to have residual effects. However, I can not find a physician that will acknowledge that WNV is responsible for my medical problems.

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    • Lynn Jenkins ALEXANDRIA, LA
      • about 1 year ago

      My dad just died last night from WN encephalitis.

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    • Carolyn Wiley WACO, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      My daughter-in-laws grandfather passed away last year with West Nile.

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    • Donna Wiley WACO, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      My 88 yr old grandfather passed away as the first resident in McLennan County (Waco, TX) on July 22, 2012. I held a West Nile Awareness & Prevention event last Sept., to spread the word on the importance of taking preventative measures on protecting yourselves, loved ones and property. Our county and State NEED to do something MORE than pass around tips on protection. This is causing DEATH!!!

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