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It’s Been a Busy Fall for IDF!

This fall is off to a busy start at the Immune Deficiency Foundation! Four patient meetings were held in four states in just three weeks, bringing IDF resources across the country. IDF traveled to Baton Rouge, LA; Denver, CO; Ann Arbor, MI; and Tampa, FL.


Ask the Medical Experts Session in Baton Rouge, LA, September 22.

Baton Rouge, LA – Saturday, September 22
More than 50 attendees gathered at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center. Sessions included:

  • Be Your Own Advocate with IDF and Health Insurance: Protecting Your Access to Care
    Emily Hovermale, MS – Immune Deficiency Foundation
  • Overview of Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases
    Kenneth Paris MD, MPH – Children’s Hospital of New Orleans
  • Managing Lung Issues
    Prem Menon, MD – Asthma, Allergy & Immunology Center
  • Ask the Medical Experts
    Kenneth Paris, MD, MPH – Children’s Hospital of New Orleans
    Prem Menon, MD – Asthma, Allergy & Immunology Center
    Theron McCormick, MD – Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group
  • Person to Person Discussion Session

Baton Rouge IDF volunteers included Kimberly Buck, Wayne and Shannon Messina, and Syd and Gail Nelson.

Denver, CO – Saturday, September 29
Sixty patients and family members met at the Sheraton – Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village, CO. Sessions included:

  • Be Your Own Advocate with IDF
    Katherine Antilla, MAEd – Immune Deficiency Foundation
  • Veni, Vidi, Vici – Where are we heading?
    Erwin W. Gelfand, MD – National Jewish Health
  • General Care for Individuals Living with PIDD
    Charles Kirkpatrick, MD – University of Colorado
  • Health Insurance: Protecting Your Access to Care
    Emma Berca – Grifols
  • Person to Person Discussion Session

Ann Arbor, MI - Saturday, October 6
IDF welcomed 60 Michigan attendees at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel. Sessions included:

  • Be Your Own Advocate with IDF
    Katherine Antilla, MAEd – Immune Deficiency Foundation
  • General Care for Individuals with Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases
    Syed M. Rehman, MD – Asthma & Allergy Center, Toledo
  • Genetics and Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases
    Mark C. Hannibal, MD, PhD – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Newborn Screening in Michigan
    Elizabeth A. Secord, MD – Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit
  • Ask the Medical Experts
    Mark C. Hannibal, MD, PhD – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Martin E. Hurwitz, MD – Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak
    Elizabeth A. Secord, MD – Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit
  • Living Life to the Fullest with Primary Immunodeficiency
    Donna Marie Meszaros, PhD – Abaris Behavioral Health & Apex Behavioral Health Western Wayne
    Becky Wang, MA, LPC – Perspectives Counseling, PLLC
  • Person to Person Discussion Session

Ann Arbor IDF volunteers included Bill and Kathi Beiswenger, and Donna Marie and Jerry Meszaros.


An IDF Family Conference Day was held at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, October 6.

Tampa, FL - Saturday, October 6
The Florida Aquarium served as the backdrop for 80 patients and family members at the Tampa IDF Family Conference Day, which is a patient education meeting with a youth program. Sessions included:

  • Be Your Own Advocate with IDF
    Colin Seal – Immune Deficiency Foundation
  • PIDD Research:  What’s on the Horizon
    Elena E. Perez, MD, PhD – University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Allergy and PIDD – Is there a link?
    Morna J. Dorsey, MD, MMSc – University of South Florida
  • Ask the Medical Experts
    Elena E. Perez, MD, PhD – University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Morna J. Dorsey, MD, MMSc – University of South Florida
  • A New Beginning:  Newborn Screening for SCID and Other T-cell Defects in the Sunshine State
    Heather Smith – SCID, Angels for Life Foundation
  • Health Insurance:  Protecting Your Access to Care
    Lynne Szott, RN – CSL Behring
  • Person to Person Discussion Groups

Tampa IDF volunteers included Laura Anderson, Richard and Janet Darby, Pat and Ed Ganley, Ruth Rhinehart, and Heather Smith.

Attendees at every meeting were grateful to have IDF in their hometowns. Thank you to all who made these meetings possible, especially our dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors!

Click here for a list of upcoming IDF events.

IDF Local Patient Education Meetings are supported by charitable donations from Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Biotest Pharmaceuticals, CSL Behring, Grifols, IgG America/ASD Healthcare/US Bioservices, Kedrion Biopharma, Octapharma, Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals and Walgreens-IG Therapy Program.

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