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IDF Volunteers in IN Kick off Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month in Style

The IDF Patient Education Meeting and PIDD Awareness Event in Indiana March 26 was a huge success!  Seventy patients and family members attended the meeting in Clarksville, IN where medical experts addressed the treatment and management of primary immunodeficiency diseases and participants had the opportunity to meet and share ideas.


The Patient Education Meeting included presentations from:

Welcome & IDF Update
Holli Jo Bess, IDF Volunteer
Katherine Antilla, MAEd – Immune Deficiency Foundation

Treatment Options for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases
Stuart White, MD – Kentuckiana Allergy

Ask the Medical Expert Seminar
Stuart White, MD

Healthcare Reform
Kimberly Jones, RN – Baxter Healthcare

Living with Chronic Illness
Laura Guenther, LCSW – University of Illinois at Chicago

The Mayor of Jeffersonville, IN proclaiming the day as Primary Immunodeficiency Disease Awareness Day with IDF volunteer Holli Jo Bess

Following the Patient Meeting, 40 attendees celebrated the kick off of April as Primary Immunodeficiency Disease Awareness Month by hosting an awareness activity at the bridge in Jeffersonville, IN.  The Mayor of Jeffersonville, Thomas Galligan, officially proclaimed the day as Primary Immunodeficiency Day and attended the event to present the proclamation to IDF Volunteer Holli Jo Bess.

Everyone who participated in the event had a wonderful time and did a wonderful job bringing awareness to primary immunodeficiency diseases.  The biggest thanks goes to Holli Jo who put so much effort into coordinating the events at the bridge including the support of the Mayor.

Way to go Holli Jo and all IDF volunteers who participated!

To find out about an IDF Patient Education Meeting or other great IDF event in your area, check out the IDF Calendar of Events

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Thank you to the IDF Volunteers who Participated!

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Ho Jo, you don't know me, but I am a patient with CVID. I have followed your work as a volunteer in the Kentucky/Indiana area. I am from Louisville and I keep hoping I will be visiting at the time of one of your meetings. I was not at the Conference, but I found out Friday that you received an award for your work, specifically with Peer Support. Congratuallations! Jenny Gardner