Primary Immune Tribune
March 2014
April is National Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month, World PI Week is April 22-29

April is National Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month! So this April, join with the IDF, in partnership with World PI Week, celebrated April 22 to 29, to promote awareness of primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI) in your community.

If you live with a primary immunodeficiency disease, or have a significant relationship with someone who is affected, you know how important it is to raise awareness and understanding about these diseases. Awareness Month is a perfect opportunity to educate and inform people about primary immunodeficiency diseases and hopefully this knowledge will lead to early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

IDF has put together a lot of helpful information to help you increase awareness.

CLICK HERE to get started.

Registration Now Open for 2014 IDF Retreats
Join Us for a Weekend Retreat for People Living with PI

*Atlanta, GA, June 20-22
Portland, OR, September 5-7

IDF Retreats are weekend gatherings designed with everyone in the primary immunodeficiency community in mind—including you! Patients, parents, siblings, children and partners are encouraged to attend and learn how to develop better approaches to living with primary immunodeficiency. Plus, you can connect with others going through similar experiences and have some fun!

Learn from Experts
You will learn the latest information about the treatment and management of primary immunodeficiency diseases from leading physicians and healthcare professionals. You can get your questions answered about everyday concerns during panel discussions with experts in their fields. For the younger members of the community, the youth and teen programs offer both education and fun.

Connect with Others
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with a primary immunodeficiency disease for years, IDF Retreats offers you an opportunity to connect with others. Enjoy an atmosphere where you can build relationships with others who share common experiences, therapies and feelings.

Visit to learn more, or to register today.

*In Atlanta, there will be separate afternoon programming for the CGD community.

IDF Celebrates National Volunteer Week
April 6-12

In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, IDF recognizes our dedicated volunteers! IDF has a nationwide network of volunteers committed to increasing awareness of primary immunodeficiencies (PI) in their local communities. Many serve as peer support volunteers to offer encouragement and understanding to others as they live with a PI. Others provide information on local resources, host educational meetings, advocate for public policy, and often organize fundraising events throughout the country. Thank you to each and every volunteer for sharing your time and talent. You are absolutely vital to the work of IDF!

2014 Walk Dates and Locations Announced

The IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency is the signature fundraising initiative of the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF). Our walk is a way to show the nation how teams of inspired individuals can make a difference and support IDF’s mission: improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases through advocacy, education and research.

IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency will be in 6 cities in 2014!

Philadelphia - September 28, Penn's Landing
Boston - October 5, Boston Common
Los Angeles - October 19, Griffith Park
Greater Chicago - October 26, Cantigny Park
New York City - October 26, Foley Square
Houston - November 9, Discovery Green


IDF Scholarships Deadline March 31, 2014
The Time to Apply is Almost Up!

IDF scholarships are for students living with primary immunodeficiency diseases. The Eric Marder Scholarship Program of IDF is open to undergraduate students living with a primary immunodeficiency, and the Varun Bhaskaran Scholarship Program of IDF is available to undergraduate or graduate students living with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS).

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 31, 2014. Scholarship awards will be announced in June 2014.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Since You Asked
IDF Question and Answer

Q: I would like to promote awareness in my community. How can I get started?

Q: I am moving out of state and would like to know how I can purchase a plan in my new state? I would prefer to shop the marketplace, but the move will occur after the open enrollment deadline of 3/31/2014.

Click “FULL STORY” to see the answer to these questions.


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