IDF Teen Council Member Bryan Jirsa of Joppa, MD promoted National Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month in his community. The busy high school senior, who was diagnosed with Common Variable Immune Deficiency Disease in 2010, wanted to educate others about these diseases.
Bryan began by receiving a proclamation from Harford County Executive David Craig, declaring April 2013 Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month. He then spoke to his Public Health class at Fallston High School about primary immunodeficiency diseases.
Finally Bryan and his mom, Karen, visited the Grifols Biomat USA plasma center in Frederick, MD as a part of IDF Plasma Center Partners Program. Despite breaking his wrist while sliding into second base during a high school baseball game, Bryan spoke to staff and donors, explaining primary immunodeficiency diseases, his weekly infusions and what health insurance means to his family. Bryan and his mom were also able to thank the donors. Karen said, “It was an overwhelming experience, and we are grateful for the opportunity.”
Thank you, Bryan and Karen! Click here to learn more about the IDF Plasma Center Partners Program.