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A Meaningful Tradition for Friends & Family: IDF Walk For Primary Immunodeficiency

September 21, 2017

Without a doubt, one of the highlights of the year for the Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) community is the IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency. The event is a special time to join together with friends and family, meet others with a primary immunodeficiency (PI) in our areas, raise funds for the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), and have fun!

In fact, for many, it has become a beloved annual tradition. And like many traditions, it’s a wonderful way to invite our favorite people to our side, show our support for one another, and celebrate life. Indeed, it is a powerful feeling to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with those we love most, in addition to meeting new people with PI, knowing that with every step, we are making a real difference for our community.

Speaking from personal experience, as a New Yorker, I can tell you that there’s nothing better than walking over the Brooklyn Bridge on a brisk fall day, surrounded by friends and family and the PI community. Each year, our local walk is held in Lower Manhattan at Foley Square.  Upon arrival, we are greeted by upbeat music, a crowd of friendly faces, and fun zebra regalia. The children delight in the abundance of amusing give-away items from exhibitors, and adults can learn more about the many resources and products available to the PI community from sponsors.

Most importantly, thanks to your participation in the walks, IDF has been able to raise more than $3 million since 2013, funding vital IDF programs and initiatives that are helping people lead better lives and changing the future for the PI community. Did you know that IDF is now awarding research grants because of the dollars raised by our walk teams and their supporters? Your participation in 2017 will ensure that efforts like these continue.

You can create your own team or join an existing team, like #TeamCGD. If there isn’t a location near you, you can join the Nationwide Virtual Walk.

We look forward to hearing about how you participate in IDF Walk for PI, and if you’ve created any traditions around the event with your friends and family, you can comment below or share them by emailing us at: info@primaryimmune.org.

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

IDF Walk for PI 2017 National Locations
Atlanta: 10/28
Boston: 10/1
Chicago: 10/22
Cleveland: 9/24
Dallas: 11/11
Fort Lauderdale: 11/19
Los Angeles: 11/5
Kansas City: 10/29
Philadelphia: 10/15
New York City: 10/22
St. Louis: 10/15
Tampa: 11/18

2017 Community Walk Locations
Blountville, TN: 10/1
Omaha, NE: 10/15
Waco, TX: 9/16
Columbia, MD: 9/16
Organize Your Own!

Nationwide Virtual Walk
Walk from Anywhere

National Presenting Walk Sponsor
Shire

National Walk Sponsors
Coram CVS Specialty Infusion Services
CSL Behring
Grifols
Horizon Pharma
Octapharma

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