The International FPIES Association (I-FPIES) is actively pursuing positive change to alter the course of FPIES, raise awareness, and best serve the needs of our community. Your donation to I-FPIES matters; it goes toward making a real, impactful difference in the world of FPIES, from funding research to spreading the word about FPIES through the most powerful national and global channels.
We encourage you to join us as together we launch the next era of FPIES. If you're considering a donation to our organization, here's what you should know:
Initiatives on the Front Lines
Over the past five years, our organization has completed a number of exciting projects with many more on the horizon. Here are just three examples of initiatives that are making a difference:
- We are thrilled to release the first consensus guidelines for FPIES later this year. Our Medical Advisory Board partnered with other leading FPIES researchers across the globe to provide a course of action for diagnostic and treatment protocols as well as research needs for the condition. Just imagine the difference that can be made by having formal, consistent guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of FPIES!
- EVERY pediatrician in the U.S has received an FPIES Fact Sheet developed by our Medical Advisory Board (MAB) and distributed by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Allergy and Immunology. This was a monumental step in our ongoing effort to educate all frontline providers about FPIES and ultimately reduce the amount of time that patients go without diagnosis.
- In 2013, we received exciting news approving a unique ICD-10-CM diagnosis code for FPIES, which is scheduled to be implemented in the fall of 2016. Requests for ICD-10 codes are not typically initiated by patient advocacy organizations, but in keeping with our progressive mission to create awareness of FPIES, we worked at the forefront of this request with CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. This code is important for our community on so many levels: billing, insurance and medical records, disease management, treatment advances, research, national statistics, and more.
Research Holds the Answers
Research is the most valuable commodity available to the FPIES community, and I-FPIES actively funds FPIES research. As more studies are conducted, more data can be collected, leading to improved methods of diagnosing and treating FPIES. It is our greatest hope that research will lead us to the discovery of the primary cause for FPIES, followed by a cure.
We are expanding our development efforts to fund new research at major medical centers that will help to identify the root cause of FPIES while also advancing treatment options. To learn more about the FPIES studies that I-FPIES has participated in and funded, click here. For a broader list of our research goals and accomplishments, please visit our Research Mission page.
Did you know that I-FPIES is the official FPIES organization affiliated with the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)? We're also the only FPIES group recognized as a lay organization by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
We also maintain strong relationships with other professional organizations, including the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI); the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP); the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI); and the World Allergy Organization (WAO).
Your Donation Makes the Difference
I-FPIES exists to help FPIES patients and mobilize a global community that deserves recognition, support and answers. From our Medical Advisory Board to our dedicated team of parents, we are an organization of volunteers. I-FPIES does not currently receive any government funding. We rely on donations from the heart of our community—people like you—to accomplish these goals.
In addition to the efforts already cited, here are a few more areas that set I-FPIES apart:
- We continue to expand our resources and support services for FPIES patients and families available through our website. Every year, we also personally respond to hundreds of emails and messages via social media so that patients and families know that they're not alone.
- We've ignited awareness of FPIES nationally and internationally with media coverage from ABCNews, Good Morning America, and The Ricki Lake Show. Our successful campaigns for National FPIES Awareness Day, Rare Disease Day, Food Allergy Awareness Week have spread the word about FPIES while also reinforcing our emerging place in the rare disease and food allergy communities.
- The next FPIES Education Conference is just days away on May 7, 2016 in Chicago! In October 2013, we launched the first national FPIES Education Conference in Philadelphia. This conference is a unique opportunity to bring our community together and hear from expert speakers on a wide spectrum of FPIES-related topics.
This is an exciting time for the FPIES community. If you'd like to make a difference, please consider making a donation today. We appreciate your enthusiasm and support in helping I-FPIES make the world a safer, happier place for those living with FPIES!