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We're headed to Washington, DC and Chicago, IL for patient education events in October, and we hope you can join us!
(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.