Message from the Executive Director
Who’s your #NiemannPickChampion?
October is Niemann-Pick Awareness Month! These next few weeks are an especially important time to tell your family stories on your experiences with Niemann-Pick Disease. Show everyone who’s your #NiemannPickChampion! There is no better time to increase awareness of Niemann-Pick Disease and to educate friends, policy makers, clinicians, and others about this rare disease.
The Niemann-Pick community is filled with champions – champions impacted by this disease everyday, fighting for approved treatments, working towards a cure, and champions keeping the memories of those who have passed.
Over the course of the month, we will offer a range of activities to highlight the community’s #NiemannPickChampion(s) and to promote Niemann-Pick awareness through educational information and social media posts you can share, virtual forums to connect with NNDPF staff and Board members for community conversations, awareness events with our pharmaceutical partners, and of course, we will join with our INPDA partners on October 19th for Global Niemann-Pick Awareness day.
Receiving a rare disease diagnosis can be a devastating and emotional experience. NNPDF is dedicated to an enduring patient support community that embodies strength, hope and empathy for those affected by all Niemann-Pick disease types. We work tirelessly to support and advocate for access to treatments and supports that can make a positive difference in helping affected individuals and caregivers manage a wide range of emotional, financial, and medical challenges. Through our work, families know they are not alone and that an entire community of caring people is standing alongside them in their journey.
For over 30 years, NNPDF has been a leader in advocating for the needs of all members of the Niemann-Pick community, in support of every #NiemannPickChampion, by connecting our voice with leaders in research, industry, and government at every level who can help make a significant difference in the lives of those impacted by Niemann-Pick disease. The battle continues, but we will never give up the fight.
Joslyn Crowe, MSW, MA
NNPDF Executive Director