Marcie Zinn Funeral Expense Fund

Marcie Zinn passed away of sudden heart failure at age 68. She will be greatly missed by her friends, family, and colleagues. Marcie enriched the lives of so many people with her commitment, strong personal background, and abundance of caring. I have created this fund for Marcie's funeral expenses but also to provide a space to share heartfelt words of support and  personal memories of Marcie. All donations received will go toward immediate needs to cover cemetery and funeral expenses. Any amount you contribute to help lessen the financial burden associated with her loss would be greatly appreciated .

Marcie was an extraordinary person who acquired an incredibly diverse background and skillset over her lifetime. She was a classically trained pianist, educator, experimental & clinical psychologist, and research scientist. She successfully pulled together neuroscience, mind/body medicine and statistical analysis for conducting studies in the areas of myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and the performing arts.

Her current research focus was in neurological health and chronic illness. She was diagnosed with ME/CFS in 2009 and her background with personal experiences allowed her to meaningfully interpret findings in patients with ME/CFS. She was part of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Initiative at Stanford Medical School from 2009-2014. As part of her work at Stanford, she directed the quantitative EEG/neuroscience projects where the goal was to study the cognitive impairment and fatigue issues in the ME/CFS population.

She found her own nonprofit (the NCRI ) in 2014 for using precise neuroimaging methods to study neurological diseases. She became an expert in understanding the human stress system and how it affects health and disease. From 2015-2018 Marcie and I conducted some ME/CFS research projects at the Center for Community Research at DePaul University. Together we achieved findings which are increasingly important for the field of psychology, neuroscience, and medicine.

44513242_1578377250890319_r.jpegOn a personal level, Marcie loved animals and as a child she checked out a training book from the public library and taught her dog Yogi to perform 31 separate tricks from the book. She had a small parakeet that she taught to speak many different words. She taught her cat tricks too. She loved cats and together over the years we cared for anywhere between 4 and 7 indoor cats! More recently, she trained her own service dog, Lennie, to do things like open a refrigerator door and fetch a bottle of water (see video). He could also a retrieve a pouch with her insulin pens and put it back in the lower shelf of the refrigerator.

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  • Elizabeth Hollister 
    • $25 
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  • Robin & Sandra Fanning 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Tim & Christine Fanning 
    • $100 
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  • Lindsey Dong 
    • $300 
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  • Anonymous 
    • $90 
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Mark Zinn 
Chicago, IL
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