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(Updated September 19, 2018) Did you know that the GDATF hosts a moderated Facebook group for patients? The group is closed - which means that the list of members is visible to the public, but group posts and comments can only be viewed by members. In order to join the group, visit our Facebook Page. Select "Groups" - which will be in the same spot as "Photos", "Events", etc.; this will be in a slightly different spot depending on whether you are connecting via mobile or desktop. Select "Join" to join the group; you will then receive a notification message asking if you agree to abide by the group guidelines. Respond "Yes" - and we will approve your memberships as quickly as possible. (Approvals can take up to one business day). For your convenience, a copy of the guidelines is included below...
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!