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IDF Receives Grant from American Legion Child Welfare Foundation to Publish Children’s Book

The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) was awarded a generous grant from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation to publish a children’s book for the primary immunodeficiency community. Over the past 30 years, the generosity of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation has played a vital role in expanding the work of IDF.

“In 1981 the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation provided IDF with our first grant which served as the seed money that launched our foundation,” explains Marcia Boyle, IDF President & Founder, “The funding enabled us to start educating the community by supporting the creation and distribution our first materials, including brochures and newsletters. Then the foundation sponsored our first wonderful children’s book (Our Immune System), and later they funded our first IDF School Guide. It’s been a wonderful relationship, and we look forward to creating another invaluable resource for families living with primary immunodeficiency.”

This children’s book will chronicle the journey of a young horse that feels different, struggles to understand why, and ultimately finds contentment and acceptance when it becomes clear that he is a zebra. The story will help children cope with the implications of having a primary immunodeficiency.

IDF will positively affect the lives of many young people because of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation’s continued support.

About The Immune Deficiency Foundation

The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), founded in 1980, is the national patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases through advocacy, education and research.

On behalf of those with primary immunodeficiency diseases, IDF provides educational programs and materials that offer medical information, guidance about health insurance issues, important life management and patient care resources, and support for patients and family members. IDF supports advocacy to promote healthcare legislation and policies that positively affect the primary immunodeficiency community, and research and medical programs that improve diagnosis and treatment. To learn more about IDF, visit


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