More than 100 Immune Deficiency Foundation volunteers gathered in Raleigh, NC for the IDF Volunteer Leadership Conference, November 2-4. The enthusiastic crowd, which included patients and family members living primary immunodeficiency diseases, attended sessions to learn more about IDF and about their responsibilities as volunteers.
Marcia Boyle, President & Founder of IDF, kicked off the weekend by welcoming the volunteers from all over the country. She asked volunteers to share how many years they have been involved with IDF, and it was calculated that the group had devoted a combined 784 years to IDF!
Joe Zuraw, Director of Patient Relations at Grifols thanked volunteers for their important role in the community. Dr. Marilyn Rosa-Bray, Grifols Chief Medical Officer, presented comprehensive information about plasma collection and safeguards that helped volunteers better understand how immunoglobulin therapy is manufactured.
John Seymour, PhD, LMFT of Minnesota State University-Mankato, Chairman of IDF Board of Trustees, and IDF volunteer Donna Marie Meszaros, PhD of Abaris and Apex Behavioral Health Clinics spoke to volunteers about providing top-notch peer support.
Volunteers learned about the IDF Plasma Center Partners Program, Take the Zebra Challenge!, Online Volunteering, Advocacy, Community Outreach and Peer Support. They were taught the benefits of using IDF eHealthRecord and how to organize a “Get Connected Meeting” in their hometowns.
Thank you to all the dedicated IDF volunteers! The IDF Volunteer Leadership Conference was supported by a charitable donation from Grifols.