From my Zebra Sean Michael~Amy Patterson
BENEFITING: Immune Deficiency Foundation
“When you hear hoof beats, think zebras, not horses.”
In medical school, many doctors learn the saying, “when you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras.” Most physicians are taught to focus on the likeliest possibilities when making a diagnosis, not the unusual ones. However, sometimes physicians need to look for a zebra. Primary immunodeficiency patients are the zebras of the medical world. So IDF says “THINK ZEBRA!” Let’s teach the world about “zebras” while raising funds to help promote awareness of primary immunodeficiency diseases.
The average length of time it takes a primary immune deficiency patient to get diagnosed is 12.4 years! Before I was diagnosed & treated for my primary immune deficiency disease I suffered frequent and severe infections. Some of these infections were so severe I could have ended up with organ damage or even lost my life. 37% of primary immune deficiency patients have lung damage before diagnosis. Other organs may also be forever impaired. This is not acceptable. Please join me in my fight for primary immune deficiency patients to receive timely & proper care.
The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) is the national patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases through advocacy, education and research.
That is why I have decided to lend my full support to IDF by helping to raise money through their THINK ZEBRA! Campaign. This effort is designed to raise funds for IDF to support patient and physician education, and promote awareness of primary immunodeficiency diseases.
Please visit www.primaryimmune.org for more information about IDF. Your tax-deductible contribution, no matter how big or small, will help a great deal. The Immune Deficiency Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by IRS regulations. Thank you for supporting THINK ZEBRA! to make a difference! If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org