One of the first questions newly diagnosed individuals with a primary immunodeficiency disease (PI) hear from family members and friends is, “What can I do to help?”
This is the perfect time to encourage family and friends to find out if they can become regular plasma donors. Their plasma donations will help thousands of people living with PI! After that, they can contribute the fee they receive for donating plasma and donate that gift to IDF in honor of a patient receiving immunoglobulin (Ig).
It is a double giving program: Donate & Donate. First they donate plasma to help produce lifesaving Ig, and then they donate the payment received for donating plasma to IDF to support the vital programs and resources for the PI community.
1. Donate Your Plasma
When someone chooses to donate plasma, they become an essential part of saving someone’s life. People with rare, chronic, often genetic diseases rely on plasma protein therapies to replace the vital proteins or antibodies that they lack. Without these life-saving plasma protein therapies, many patients would not be able to lead healthy, productive lives. A plasma donation helps make these life-changing therapies.
Choosing to become a plasma donor requires a dedication of time, travel to a plasma collection center, attention to personal health and a willingness to commit to becoming a regular donor, to ensure that the plasma used to manufacture the therapies is of the highest quality.
2. Donate to IDF
Donate the funds received from the plasma donation to IDF. It is a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone whose life has been impacted by PI and who benefits from Ig.
The easiest way to support IDF is to make an online gift via the donor center debit card received after donating. Not only does it save a stamp and an envelope, but the donor can receive an electronic tax receipt within seconds of making your gift!
If donors would prefer to mail gifts, please make checks payable to “Immune Deficiency Foundation,” and mail it to the following address:
Immune Deficiency Foundation
110 West Road, Suite 300
Towson, MD 21204
Once the gift is received by IDF, a tax receipt will be mailed to the donor.
When the donor makes the gift, make sure they designate whom they are honoring. Once the gift is received, IDF will notify the honoree or family acknowledging the gift. The names of those honored will be published in the IDF ADVOCATE, IDF’s national newsletter.
For more information about donating to IDF, click here to e-mail us.