Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rare Diseases Day Awareness Success!

Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) is a recognized rare diagnosis - globally.  From Rare Diseases Day"A rare disease is defined as rare in the USA when it affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time, and rare in Europe when it affects fewer than 1 in 2000".

"Alone we are rare, together we are strong" speaks volumes for this rare allergy.  As we look ahead to Food Allergy Awareness Week - a time of allergy communities, families living with allergies, and medical providers work together to bring increased awareness to food allergies, while raising awareness to this rare type of food allergy, we want to thank all of YOU for the success of awareness raised during Rare Diseases Day! 

"Join Together for Better Care" was the international theme for 2014 Rare Diseases Day

The FPIES Community joined together and got involved in several ways: 

  • You shared how you care! The FPIES Community shared how they care, in our social media pages – these were compiled in a blog post

  • You raised & joined hands!  Families and friends printed, colored, and created photos with Rare Diseases Day themes. Honoring the day with photo submissions on our Facebook page for increased awareness of this rare food allergic syndrome “looks” like.  You can see several of them on our Kids in Action page!  Others submitted directly to Rare Diseases Day 

  • Participation for rare diseases like FPIES during a Rare Diseases Day chat on Twitter "Conquering Rare Diseases", a tweetchat with ABC News' Dr.Richard Besserwith.

  •  Maureen Gantt, a parent of a child with FPIES even involved her entire class!, "...on this [RDD] day we researched what it means to have a rare disease, and wrote a paragraph about it, and then they each drew the hand logo on their poster. Then their job was to take their poster home and read their paragraph to their families!!"  Thank you Maureen! 

  • The FPIES Foundation was honored with several Rare Diseases Day fundraisers for FPIES awareness with donations to benefit the mission of The FPIES Foundation.  Thank you donors!! 

  • The FPIES Foundation is a partner organization with Rare Diseases Day and our events were listed on their events page, for increased awareness to this rare food allergy.   

One of the biggest strengths of the FPIES community is the support and compassion shared by its members.  Your involvement in Rare Diseases Day once more upheld these values and our community's dedication to one another.  Truly, as we move ahead to Food Allergy Awareness Week in May, we will continue to be a community that is not only rare in diagnosis, but also rare in it's profound advocacy, empathy and commitment to bettering the lives of those affected by FPIES, each and every day. 

This post was written by the Executive Board of The FPIES Foundation