Immunodeficiency Canada is a national registered charity providing patient support, education and research for a cure for Primary Immunodeficiency (PI).
The 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 18th, 2015 and registration is now open! If you would like to get involved and run or walk with us, please contact Shirley Lau Community Relations for a free registration code.
100% of funds raised and donations will go to a family in need through our Emergency Financial Assistance provided through our Alastair Fund.
Our team has participated in several marathons. John Paul, an individual with a Primary Immunodeficiency was featured in an article in the Toronto Sun.
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“Within a week of Bombardier’s Jeans Day Team distributing the 10 Warning Signs of Primary Immunodeficiency (PI), we received a phone call from a patient needing help,” says Richard Thompson, CEO of Immunodeficiency Canada. Read More
Held August 26, 2015, Guelph, Ontario
The game started at 4:00 with the women’s team followed by Baden’s official kick off at 6:00 pm and the men’s team at 6:15 pm. Guelph Gryphons VS Ryerson Rams
Raffles and a barbeque fundraiser were hosted by the Klein Family. Exhibition game organized by Keith Mason, Head Coach, men’s team University of Guelph, www.gryphons.ca
To see raffle sponsors and read more about Baden
Implementation of newborn screening for SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency), a major accomplishment for Immunodeficiency Canada.
“This is a monumental triumph to children born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and their families. Newborn screening will detect this problem early before complications develop, and allow for prompt life-saving interventions such as bone marrow transplantation. Read More
Learn about Primary Immunodeficiency scientific events.
LymphoSign Journal publishes novel clinical, translational, or basic research articles aimed at clinicians and scientists in the fields of immunology, gastroenterology, neurology, dermatology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, and hematology. The focus is on defining the molecular basis and treatment of various immune disorders like innate or adaptive immunodeficiency, bone marrow failure, autoimmunity and auto inflammatory disorders and lymphoid malignancies. The Journal also publishes papers that can directly and immediately improve diagnosis and management of patients, including practice guidelines and algorithms.
Julian and his Family’s Trial with P.I.
By: Dana Ewachow
Gina Ferrante shows me a scrapbook she’s made of her son Julian when he was two years old. This scrapbook is different from the average family album; the photos are adjacent to long lists of medications. In the photos, Julian is smiling sweetly, his cheeks puffy from a reaction to the drugs. The scrapbook was made to commemorate his battle with primary immunodeficiency. Gina admits that she did it for Julian, who is now eight years old. “He has the right to know,” she says. “Look at where he’s been. Look at where he’s at now.”
A Look at RN Brenda Reid and The Alastair Fund
By: Dana Ewachow
Brenda Reid is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Immunology and Allergy clinic at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. She’s also considered an official champion by the Immunodeficiency Canada for her work with patients with PI (primary immunodeficiency). Reid admits that her PI patient relationships span across her career. She’s currently on her second generation of patients; she currently sees the sons and nephews of men she had taken care of when they were teenagers. “It’s a privilege to be a part of these peoples’ lives,” she says.