Joanna Tierno was again out in her community promoting IDF and PIDD awareness, this time at the National Night Out event at Midland Beach, Staten Island. The Night Out was August 2 and is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness and strengthen neighborhood spirit. Thousands of people turned out for the event in Staten Island which featured free hot dogs and ice cream, face painting, and words from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Joanna arranged to set up a table with IDF literature and information. She took the opportunity to speak to her neighbors and local policymakers about IDF and primary immunodeficiency diseases. She also gave an interview for the local Staten Island Community TV station to educate others about PIDD.
Joanna shows a great example of using existing platforms and events to raise awareness and advocate for the whole PIDD community. If you have local community fairs, celebrations, or other events look into setting up a table with IDF materials! Awareness and education can start with your own area.
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