Why We Walk
IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency unites the primary immunodeficiency (PI) community to help create better lives and find cures for individuals living with these rare, chronic diseases.
Primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI) are a group of more than 300 rare, chronic disorders in which part of the body’s immune system is missing or functions improperly. People with PI face an increased vulnerability to infections, endure recurrent health problems and often develop serious illnesses throughout their entire lives. These individuals can also find it difficult to receive proper diagnosis, treatment and specialized healthcare. They deserve much better. They deserve cures.
Founded in 1980, the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) is the national non-profit patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI). The dollars raised by IDF Walk for PI ensure that IDF can continue to:
- Provide educational resources and programs at no cost to individuals and families.
- Power critical patient-focused research that will ultimately lead to cures of all types of PI.
- Lead the way in grassroots advocacy and fight to improve diagnosis and access to treatment.
- Bring together the entire PI community to remind them that they are not alone.
You can help make a difference. IDF Walk for PI has raised over $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.
With each step you take with us, we are creating better lives for those with PI and ultimately getting closer to cures for all types of PI. We hope to see you in 2017!