Before we look ahead — let’s look back.

 

by Bill McCue, PRP Patient Advocate (August 2021)

In May, 2013  I was nine months into my PRP journey with another 11 months to go. What was your PRP status eight years ago? 

  • Back in May 2013 there was no PRP patient database. Today we have a PRP Global Database with 2,626 PRP patient profiles.
  • Back in May 2013 there was no PRP Survival Guide. Now we have hundreds of webpages written for PRP patients and caregivers.
  • Back in May 2013 the PRP Facebook Support Group had less than 100 members and was still three months away from becoming an official Private Group. Today our “Land of Hope” serves 2,436 PRP Facebookers representing 2,276 PRP patients.
  • Back in May 2013 there was no patient-driven advocacy for the PRP global community. By year’s end, however, the PRP Alliance had been formed. Within two more years we helped create the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient OrganizationsAs a co-founder of IADPO (circa 2015), I  had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer until 2019.
  • Back in May 2013,  the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD) maintained a 1,000-word overview of pityriasis rubra pilaris. Last revised in 2007, the PRP NORD Report was significantly expanded by the PRP Alliance  in 2017. The 5,000-word, patient-friendly overview became a cornerstone in building awareness among patients, caregivers and even dermatologists.
  • Back in May 2013, PRP research was limited to genetic research at Thomas Jefferson University. Today the PRP Global Community is aggressively supporting “Quality of Life” research efforts at Oregon Health and Science University and through the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations. We are also pursuing our own patient-initiated surveys, e.g., Onset to Diagnosis.

The PRP global community has been moving forward — project by project. But now what? What lies ahead over the last four months of 2021?

The Road Ahead

There are times when I need your support beyond kudos and kind words. There are times when planned projects need your support. Whether or not the projects come to fruition in 2021 will be largely dependent of the PRP global community.
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Website Stuff —
There are costs associated supporting two websites: 
 
While I achieved my goal of more reliable hosting and increased security, the 30-plus days of having the PRP Survival Guide off-line was a heavy price to pay.  I still have to address the issue of Search Engine Optimization.
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PRP Awareness Month Stuff —
There are costs associated the annual observance of PRP Awareness Month (November 2021). We should not squander an opportunity for the PRP global community to rise above the noise level of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, 7,000 other rare diseases and 590 other rare skin diseases. Typically, we do the best we can with what we have. What if we could really make some noise?
 
Outreach Stuff —
There are costs associated with conducting outreach to the dermatology departments at major teaching hospitals in the U.S. and abroad. We have to find ways to more effectively educate dermatologists on PRP Quality of Life impacts on PRP patients.
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Education Stuff —
There are costs associated with creating online tools, e.g., videos that effectively support patients and caregivers as we journey from onset and diagnosis, to treatment options, daily living and some form of remission or long-term management.
 
The bottom line: there is still much to accomplish over the next four months.
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Now it’s your turn.

Before I launch into my appeal I need to make it clear — If COVID-19 or the challenges visited upon you by PRP makes it difficult or impossible to donate, please don’t fret. We travel together as a family. Stay safe and heal.

However, if you’ve been wondering how to help, please consider a symbolic contribution of $20.21. I’ve never had a problem asking for money for a worthy cause … and I certainly consider the remaining months of 2021 to be a worthy cause.

My approach to fundraising assumes that everyone has the right to say “No”. However, my responsibility to the PRP global community is to give everyone the opportunity to say “Yes”..

There are two options:

 (1)  CLICK HERE to donate to the PRP Alliance via PayPal.

PayPal accepts most major credit and debit cards. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal.

 (2)  To donate via personal check, cashier’s check or money order:

Make personal check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to the PRP Alliance and send to the following address:
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Bill McCue, President
PRP Alliance, Inc.
1500 Commerce Drive
Plano, TX 75093-2640

If you have any questions, please email me
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