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The GDATF is honored to partner with the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association on AARDA's 2013 Autoimmune Walks! Proceeds raised via GDATF team members will help fund AARDA’s autoimmune research and advocacy efforts AND the GDATF’s patient education and support services! Local walks will be held this summer/fall in New York, Michigan, Kentucky, and Missouri, plus there is an option to do a “virtual” walk at a time/date/location of your own choosing.To join a GDATF team, visit the Autoimmune Walk home page and enter either “Graves’” or “Thyroid” in the team search box. Please support this important campagin by joining the team, making a donation, or spreading the word to friends and family!
March is National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month! The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) estimates that 50 million Americans are living with an autoimmune disease; the 100+ identified autoimmune conditions are collectively responsible for over $100 billion annually in direct healthcare costs. Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis -- both of which affect the thyroid gland -- are two of the most common autoimmune diseases. For more information on autoimmunity, please visit our YouTube channel for a presentation from Dr. Noel Rose, Director of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Autoimmune Disease Research Center.
In 2011, Michaela Cui founded the Greater Than Graves' project, biking 3200 miles from Anchorage, AK to San Francisco, CA with friends Chris Doudna and Ben Weerts. In 2012, the tradition was continued when Elias McQuade, Keating Tufts, David Britton, and David Casinghino embarked on a coast-to-coast trek from Boston, MA to San Francisco. Now you can show the world you are Greater Than Graves' -- and you don't have to bike thousands of miles! Select a challenge of your choice (anything from knitting scarves to making jewelry to walking to swimming), complete the 2013 GTG application process, and recruit your friends and family to help raise funds! Applications are due on April 15th; selected applicants will receive publicity on the GDATF's web site and social media outlets. For more information, please contact us at 877-643-3123 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We love patient success stories! Here’s a great piece from University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor. (Please click here to read the article.) Several physicians from UM Kellogg have presented at past GDATF conferences, including Dr. Terry Smith, Dr. Raymond Douglas, Dr. Alon Kahana, and Dr. César A. Briceño. Presentations from 2011 and 2012 can be viewed for free on our YouTube channel!