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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: American Partnership For Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the patients and their families coping with eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. APFED strives to expand education, create awareness, and support research while promoting advocacy among its members.

Results: Over this past decade, APFED has made a huge impact in all areas of its mission: education, awareness, support, and research. - Educated patients, families, healthcare providers, and the public about eosinophilic disorders and how to manage them. - Initiated groundbreaking advocacy efforts on the state and federal levels to help families secure insurance coverage for medical foods, and encouraged our governments to direct more funds to eosinophilic research. - Played a critical role in encouraging the development of comprehensive guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis. - Led the effort to develop ICD-9 codes for eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, which are crucial for insurance coverage of therapy and for ongoing research. - Authored the bill for National Eosinophil Awareness Week (third week of May) and worked with the community to get it passed. - Participated in the NIH working group that was assembled to define unmet research needs for eosinophilic disorders, and we were instrumental in publishing a report on these findings, charting the course for scientific breakthroughs. - Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, APFED’s Hope on the Horizon Research Fund has granted nearly $1 million in support studies that are leading us to a better understanding of eosinophilic disorders, less-invasive diagnostics, and improved therapies. We have teamed up this year with the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Education and Research Organization, Inc. (a supporting organization to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Inc.) to offer a APFED/ARTrust™ Pilot Grant Award. This collaborative award will allow investigators from a variety of disciplines to initiate new projects relevant to eosinophilic disorders, focusing on the development of ideas which are likely to lead to future external funding.

Target demographics: fund research for Eosinophilic Disorders

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: HOPE Research Grants Trainee Grants Education Programs Advocacy Programs

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis, I had no idea what resources were available. I needed support and a better understanding about how to manage the disease. What I found from APFED was more than just information but a genuine community, online resources, and advocacy tools. From the APFED.ORG website, I readily gathered templates, additional information, and a place to connect with other families living with eosinophilic diseases. What a gold mine!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five years ago, our son’s gastroenterologist finally assigned a diagnosis – and provided us with little in the way of an explanation or outlook. Looking for additional information, we discovered APFED, which provided a wealth of resources and helped us find others who were on the same journey. Today, as a volunteer with APFED, I continue to be awed by the breadth of effort put forth by its committed staff and volunteers. This is an organization that works diligently – and strategically - to serve its patient community at the national, state, and local level, serving as “voice of the patient” in helping shape policy and promote rare disease research funding; provides grants to foster new avenues of research; offers guidance/support, education tools, and platforms to help patients/caregivers connect…and more. We are very appreciative of the work APFED is doing to advance research and improve the lives of those living with an eosinophil-associated disease.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Grandma and a volunteer...not enough wonderful words to say about how fantastic they are!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for APFED for years. The professionalism and organization of the staff and other volunteers has always impressed me. But what is most impressive is their passion and dedication to this wonderful cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i became aware of APFED after my daughter was diagnosed with an EGID. I am so grateful for all that APFED does for patients and their families. The annual patient conferences, educational pamphlets, website, legislation and research involvement is extremely valuable. If it were not for APFED I know I would not be the advocate for my daughter the way she needs and deserves to be advocated for. This is due in large part due to the information that I have received from APFED. I am able to communicate to my daughters physicians, teachers, and others in my community about eosinophilic disorders based off of the education I receive and continue to receive from APFED.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When our daughter was diagnosed with an eosinophilic disorder three years ago, we felt we had no where to turn for information. We had never heard of the disorder and knew no one else with it. At a routine doctor appointment the physician mentioned that an annual patient conference given by Apfed would be held in our state in the following few months. We attended the conference and learned more in those few days about the disorder than we had in the 6 months since our daughters diagnosis. Apfed provides education, support and promotes awareness of a disorder that can deeply affect a patients life.
I am grateful for Apfed and the help they offer patients and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a mom of a child with EoE. APFED has blessed our family with the wealth of information it provides to families that travel this path. The resources that it offers families is priceless. It provides detailed information to help guide families with coping skills, to preparing your child for school, to celebrations and even recipes for restrictive diets. APFED holds annual conferences to educate, create awareness and to make a difference in the lives of so many people. APFED changed our life through one of its conferences. We were a family struggling with a new diagnosis and found much needed support to help guide our family. It's been 10 years since our first conference as a family and APFED continues to amaze us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

APFED is an amazing organization that advocates for patients and families. When our son was an infant he was very sick. He was borderline malnourished and we couldn't figure out the cause of him being so sick. After numerous tests, scans and steroids our son had no change in his condition. At the age of 2 he was misdianosed with acid reflux. Our son was diagnosed correctly with EE at the age of 3 and then was removed from all foods at age 4. This was a drastic change in his life and ours. How do you tell a 4 year old that there is no more food in his world? Our family was gieven this information and then given the name of APFED as an organization that may be of help to us. The first day back from Cincinnati Children's Hospital I called the number to APFED and spoke to the president. She was encouraging and helpful and put me in contact with other families who were struggling down this same path. Through numerous conversations and encouraging words our family was guided down the path of adapting to a foodless world. When I expressed a willingness to coordinate a grand rounds, I was provided with everything that I needed to follow through with that objective by APFED. We were impressed by the dedication of APFED to families, to education, to initiatives and to research that we decided to hold a fundraiser for APFED. We had never taken on such a task before but we were driven on behalf of our son and on behalf of an organization that was instrumental in saving our family unity. We decided to hold a golf tournament and donate all of the proceeds to APFED. Wow! What an inspiring thing we did together as a family. Working together on this project helped to mend our broken and hurting hearts knowing that we were contributing and giving back to an organization that helped us more than words can say. We are now in our 6th year of holding a fundraiser and have raised over $80,000 for APFED. We are paying it forward and will continue to do so. APFED has made huge strides on behalf of patients and families and the least we could do is give back. APFED will always have a special place in our hearts for giving us the HOPE to keep on. Thank you APFED!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

APFED is an information-rich resource for families who are wrestling with an EGID. They work tirelessly to provide cutting-edge information, as well as to organize the disease community around educational and fund-raising opportunities. Their conferences are a tremendous opportunity to exchange ideas and meet new people who are living with the disorders. APFED's leaders also do a tremendous amount of advocacy to help ensure that patients get the medical care that they need. We are so grateful to have found APFED and to have opportunities to volunteer for this excellent nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When Emily was first diagnosed at 10 months old, doctors recommended taking her off all food and beginning drinking elemental formula exclusively. We didn’t really know how to cope and daily functioning was difficult for not only us as parents, but understanding how to support our daughter. When we were connected with APFED we finally were able to understand and be educated on what was happening and allowed us to take each step with knowledge about what was happening.

A month after learning about APFED, a staff member connected us to a local support group and finally we felt hope again. I felt like I could breath again and cope with our new adjusted life. APFED has an amazing group of professionals and volunteers that are dedicated and personally want to support and better the community through education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend referred me to APFED's website after my daughter was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis three years ago. I was completely overwhelmed at the time of her diagnosis. APFED quickly became an organization I hold dear to my heart. Their dedication to supporting families and creating awareness truly goes above and beyond.

Their volunteers inspired me to want to help. With their guidance, I started a support group for local families dealing with eosinophilic disorders. In addition, they assisted me with hosting a walk to benefit APFED's Hope on the Horizon Research Fund. The help I received to make the walk a success was truly amazing. It felt great to give back to an organization that gives so much to others.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

When my grandson was diagnosed with an Eosinophilic Disorder in December 2012 an internet search led us to APFED.org. American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders has since been been a tremendous help to my daughter. The information listed on their website helped us understand more about this rare condition. It helped her communicate questions, concerns, suggestions to her son's various physicians. It also gave my daughter a place to connect with other families dealing with this disorder. That alone is extremely valuable. Both my daughter and myself found a "purpose" in volunteering to help American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders. My daughter lives in a rural area and has enjoyed doing editing work for APFED. I just completed a thirty day endurance event to create awareness of Eosinophilic Disorders. In appreciation for our efforts APFED help defray travel expenses so that my daughter and grandson could be a part of APFED's Day on Capitol Hill during National Eosinophilic Awareness Week. My daughter and grandson were able to speak with several members of Congress to bring awareness of this disorder and to lobby for research funding.