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Our 2018 San Diego Patient & Family Conference is in the books! If this was the 2018 Academy Awards, we would NOT win the jet ski for giving the shortest speech, because we have a LOT of people to thank!
Our Sponsors: Horizon Pharma, The Bell Charitable Foundation, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program.
Our Presenters: Dr. Terry Smith, Dr. Kimberly Cockerham, Nancy Hord Patterson, Ph.D., Dr. Farshad Moradi, Dr. Thomas Kelly, Dr. Charles Choe, Dr. Michael Bouvet, Dr. Karen McCowen, Dr. Bobby Korn, Dr. Don Kikkawa, Dr. Shira Robbins, and Dr. Richard Lederer.
Our Attendees: Thank you for sharing your time, your stories, and your journey with us – and with each other! As C.S. Lewis said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You, too? I thought I was the only one!”
Sponsors and attendees who contributed to the scholarship fund: Thank you for your generosity in ensuring that all patients & family members who wanted to attend would be able to do so.
The Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island: Fabulous staff, food, and views – we couldn’t have asked for more!
Stay tuned for info on future stops in Chicago (satellite symposium in conjunction with the ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. Conference) and Washington D.C. (patient forum hosted by the American Thyroid Association and the Alliance for Patient Education)!
Would you like to attend our San Diego Patient & Family Conference this June 14-17, but cost is a barrier? A limited number of registration scholarships are available!
Click here to apply! Applications will be reviewed within two business days and applicants will be notified by email or phone of the decision. Applications will be closed once all available scholarships have been awarded - so don't delay!
Registration scholarships include patient materials, Thursday night reception, breakfast and lunch on Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.
(Travel scholarships have all been awarded; this application is for a registration-only scholarship.)
The staff and Board members of the Graves’ Disease & Thyroid Foundation (GDATF) would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of former first lady Barbara Bush, who passed away yesterday at age 92. Mrs. Bush was diagnosed with Graves' disease in 1989, but never let the condition define her or limit her potential. Her tireless advocacy for literacy and other charitable causes – especially after her diagnosis – is an inspiration to Graves’ patients everywhere. Mrs. Bush will always be remembered for her kindness. President and Mrs. Bush once sent a typewritten letter of support to GDATF founder Nancy Hord Patterson, and Mrs. Bush wrote a letter to attendees of the GDATF's first patient conference. Dr. Larry Wood, founder and past president of the Thyroid Foundation of America (TFA) and a former GDATF Board member, reacalls that Mrs. Bush's appearance at a TFA fundraiser made a significant impact on the organization's success, and he is grateful for her support.
***Space Still Available - Register Today!***
Click here to register for the GDATF's 2018 Patient & Family Conference! The event will take place at the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island from Thursday night, June 14th to Sunday morning, June 17th.
*SCHEDULE POSTED: Click here to view
*REGISTRATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Click here to apply!
* SINGLE-DAY REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE FOR $99!
The GDATF’s most recent multi-day conference was hosted in San Diego in 2012. This event was the last of a 19-year streak of patient conferences, branded “A Bridge to Wellness.” In 2013, the GDATF moved away from hosting an annual multi-day conference and instead began scheduling multiple 1/2 day events each year in various locations across the country. This approach has allowed us to reach patients from all over the country at little or no cost to attendees; however, we’ve received feedback from members who miss the old format, which featured in-depth presentations, and an extended opportunity to connect with physicians and fellow patients. We hope that you will join us!
Do you have questions about surgery as a treatment option for hyperthyroidism due to Graves' disease? Join Dr. Rebecca Sippel, MD for a live webinar on Friday, November 17th from 3-4 pm CST. Dr. Sippel is the Chief of Endocrine Surgery at the University of Wisconsin and a well-respected thyroid surgeon. She treats both children and adults with Graves’ disease and will discuss the different treatment options for Graves’ and the pros and cons of surgical treatment. There will be time at the end for questions and answers. Please click here to register for the event - even if you are unable to join the live webcast, you will receive an email link to a recording of the webinar after the event!