Get Involved - National Eosinophilic Awareness Week

Posted 5.13.10 | Christine Graham-Garo

Eosinophilic disorders are on the rise in the US. Some clinicians have even referred to it as a “mini-epidemic”. One study I recently read suggested that it might not be a true rise in the number of people with eosinophilic disorders, but a rise in the recognition of the disorders as more and more doctors are able to identify and treat them. This is a very positive thing! But there are still people who do not know what eosinophilic disorders are. In order to help raise awareness of them, the week of May 16 – May 21, 2010 is designated as National Eosinophilic Awareness Week (NEAW).

The theme for this year’s Eosinophilic Awareness Week is APFED (in this case, it does not stand for American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders, but it is a clever theme!)

Monday, May 17th ------------------ A: Awareness

Tuesday, May 18th ------------------ P: Participate

Wednesday, May 19th -------------- F: Fun with Family and Friends

Thursday, May 20th ---------------- E: Educate Everyone

Friday, May 21st --------------------- D: Donate Dollars

Each day of that week is dedicated to a way to raise awareness. Whether you are raising Awareness by sending out a mass email to all of your friends and family or if you are Participating in a Virtual Walk, the goal is to be involved and get the word out!

One great and influential idea would be to make a video about eosinophilic disorders and post it on Facebook or YouTube. I saw one recently that really illustrated the true pain and suffering that children with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) go through on a daily basis (not to mention how they deal with the restricted diet they are on). That video truly opened my eyes to the life of a person with EoE. Click here to view it.

So get the word out in any way you can! What are some ideas that worked for you to raise awareness of eosinophilic disorders?


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