May 12 International Awareness Day Founder

Thomas M. Hennessy Jr.

April 16, 1954 - Sept. 9, 2013

“If a cause and cure are to be found for ME, FM, MCS, GWI, "Chronic Lyme Disease" and other related C.I.N.D. illnesses in the near future, government and medicine must be made fully aware of their scope and impact.
Despite the efforts of a number of dedicated groups and individuals, there are still vast pockets of ignorance and misunderstanding. To this day, many patients run directly into a medical establishment that, in general, knows very little about these serious threats to human health. 

It is therefore crucial that all those affected by the illnesses make their voices heard, especially on May 12th of each year.” 

Mr. Thomas M. Hennessy Jr.

Founder of R.E.S.C.I.N.D., INC.  (Repeal Existing Stereotypes about Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases).  


How It All Began

May 12 - International Awareness Day for C.I.N.D.'s (Complex Immunological and Neurological Diseases) and the organization behind it, RESCIND, Inc. were started in 1992 by ME/CFS patient and advocate extraordinaire Thomas Hennessy, Jr. Tom died on Sept. 9, 2013. continues Tom's work fighting for patient rights.

The Florence Nightingale Connection

May 12th was chosen to memorialize the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the English army nurse who inspired the founding of the International Red Cross.  Nightingale contracted a paralyzing, CIND-like illness in her mid-thirties and became chronically ill. She spent the last 50 years of her life virtually bedridden, and despite being severely debilitated she started the world's first school of nursing.

Which Diseases Are Represented?

  • ME - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
  • FM - Fibromyalgia
  • GWI - Gulf War Illness
  • MCS - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • CLD - Chronic Lyme Disease
  • Mold/Biotoxin Illness

These have been combined under the umbrella of CIND based on existing research and commonality of symptoms. 
In order for the world to be alerted to these devastating diseases, it is crucial that those concerned about CIND contact the government and media in conjunction with the MAY 12th event.


Original May 12 Awareness Poster 1993-1994




Meghan-Morgan Shannon, who advocated for all of us on the front lines with Thomas Hennessy, Jr., and the rest of the R.E.S.C.I.N.D., Inc. Board of Directors. 

"Medical Professionals with ME 1999 Poster Session Brussels Conference" -  photo by Roger Burns. Poster session with Lori Clovis and Meghan - poster of May 12th awareness RESCIND 1st day - in Brussels, Belgium.