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PATS MEMORIAL RESEARCH FUND
June 22, 2011

I have recently come across Pat's Fund with the policy work I am doing for Washington state. Judi Rising is one of our state's most passionate advocates fighting for autoimmune disease awareness, education and advocacy. Her life has been personally touched by autoimmune disease and this has motivated her to create change and better understanding of the diseases that are impacted. She puts on an event called "Living with Autoimmunity" which brings the many different faces together to discuss relevant and impactful information. I have been very impressed with this organization from both a business and a personal perspective.

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Currently Pat's Fund is working at creating a state Autoimmune Advocacy Alliance which is tremendous because there are not a lot of coaltions that bring the faces of autoimmunity together. The work Judi and Pat's Fund continue to do is impressive and I cannot wait to see the success of bringing more awareness to autoimmunity.

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The work and vision that Pat's Fund has cannot be done alone. It would be wonderful to have more advocates on board to help make this vision a reality. With more exposure this will happen!

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I came across this organization through my work in Public Affairs and Policy. I will be helping put together an Autoimmune Alliance to support the work Pat's Fund continues to do.