Primary immunodeficiency patients and their advocates will soon lace up their walking shoes for in-person walks in eight U.S. cities, starting in Philadelphia on July 15.
The July 15 walk will kick off at 9 a.m. from the historic Philadelphia Zoo, the first zoo in the nation. The event will include inspirational speakers, a continental breakfast, and sponsor and activity booths. After the walk, participants can enjoy free admission to the zoo, home to nearly 1,300 animals.
CSL Behring, as well as CSL Plasma, will be there with a team of walkers. The global biotech, which makes medicines for rare and serious conditions, is based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.
IDF Walks, a tradition since 2013, have raised more than $7 million through the years. The fundraiser helps the IDF provide educational resources and programs at no cost, while leading patient-focused research, and advocating for legislative change for those with PI.
Primary immunodeficiencies are a group of more than 450 inherited rare conditions that make a person more vulnerable to serious infections. It means part of the immune system is missing or not functioning as it should to prevent illness.
Additional walks include:
Charlotte, North Carolina at Discovery Place – July 29
Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Zoo - August 5
San Francisco, California at the San Francisco Zoo - August 19
Boston, Massachusetts at the Franklin Park Zoo - September 9
St. Louis, Missouri at the St. Louis Science Center - September 23
Tampa, Florida at the Tampa Zoo - October 7
Dallas, Texas at the Dallas Zoo – October 21
Virtual Walk – December 2