Julie Fetch, IDF Volunteer from Michigan, was featured on WSBT-TV’s morning program, Business Break, talking about the Immune Deficiency Foundation and primary immunodeficiency diseases. The host admitted from the start that he was not familiar with IDF or PIDD, and Julie aptly explained in her own words IDF’s mission to help individuals with PIDD through awareness, education, and advocacy. Julie gave examples from her own life about the need for treatment with IG therapy and explained a bit about what IG therapy entails. She also stressed the importance of early and correct diagnosis. It took a lot of courage for Julie to put herself out in the public eye and talk about her disease. In doing so, she did a great service to the whole PIDD community by raising awareness and educating the public! This is another great example of the many ways in which IDF’s amazing volunteers take the initiative to advocate for themselves and the community. Julie was approached by a representative of the TV station at a Chamber of Commerce event she was attending and asked to give an interview. Julie took advantange of the opportunity she was given and as a result many more people have become aware of PIDD and IDF!
To watch Julie’s interview, go to the IDF homepage and look under “In the News.”
For more information about using the media for advocacy, check out the Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit. Remember, IDF is here to help! Please talk with us, and we would be happy to work with individuals to craft an effective message.
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