IDF Get Connected Meetings are smaller group meetings that volunteers organize throughout the country for patients and family members to meet and share ideas. IDF volunteer Tim Waskerwitz started organizing Get Connected Meetings in Huntsville, AL to meet every 6 weeks. The last meeting was held on January 14 with 10 people in attendance. The group generated a lot of great conversation and everyone is enjoying building on the sense of community for the PIDD patients of Alabama. The group also plans to visit some local plasma centers in the upcoming weeks.
Another IDF Get Connected Meeting was held in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, January 21st. IDF volunteer, Patricia (Pixie) Pixler, worked with IDF to coordinate the meeting. It was attended by 14 people and scheduled at 10 AM to noon. It was such a wonderful experience that some attendees didn’t leave until 1:30! One family drove 2 and a half hour to attend.
Patients at the Minnesota meeting had an overwhelming positive experience. Comments included:
- It was great to meet some new people, sit around, and really dig deeply into ideas and common experiences. Thanks for taking the time to set this up for us.
- It was wonderful! Very helpful to connect with other parents! Supportive and encouraging!
- Thank you so much for having this. I am so happy to have met with others with similar diagnosis and similar stories.
Check out an IDF Get Connected Meeting in your area! Meetings currently on the calendar are
Towson, MD - February 11
Kalamazoo, MI - February 18
Madison, AL – February 25
Newark, DE – March 10
Go to the IDF Calendar of Events for more details. http://primaryimmune.org/event-calendar