Portland, OR served as the backdrop for the latest Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) Patient Education Meeting, held Saturday, April 21. At the end of the day, positive feedback filled the room and the evaluation sheets. Patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDD) and their family members clearly enjoyed the information shared at the meeting.
Kathy Antilla, IDF Director of Education & Volunteer Development, spoke about being your own advocate through IDF. Dr. Daniel G. DeMerell of Asthma, Allergy and Dermatology Associates, PC discussed general care of PIDD. Dr. DeMerell along with Dr. Robert Lawrence of Interstate Medical Office East and Dr. Joseph M. Hassett of AAIM Care, LLC fielded questions from patients and family members during a question and answer session. Kimberly Jones, RN of Baxter Healthcare described how the Affordable Care Act relates to patients with PIDD. The day wrapped up with breakout sessions for each group: parents, patients, teens and family members. IDF volunteers helped the day run smoothly, including Ken Bass, Cathy Davis, Bette Jo Poser and Tiffani Pekkala.
Out of the 49 in attendance, 56% had never attended an IDF meeting, which shows IDF is reaching more and more people. These positive Portland folks said they are looking forward to attending more IDF events in the future! Click here to view IDF’s upcoming events.