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On Sunday October 4th, families and individuals living with PI gathered in a studio in Mississauga to create Immunodeficiency Canada's first video of the 10 Warning Signs of PI, produced and directed by The Blend Media Group. I was truly honoured to see families with little ones as young as two and individuals now in their sixties coming together for the common purpose of helping others born with a Primary Immunodeficiency. We thank everyone for their time and important contribution to this education effort. The coordination of so many individuals couldn't have happened without the assistance of Brenda Reid. We look forward to launching the 10 Warning Signs of PI video soon, watch our social media for more information.
On October 22, 2015 Immunodeficiency Canada is hosting the third SCID symposium in conjunction with the CSACI Scientific meeting. Along with our Chair and Scientific Director, Dr Chaim Roifman, I look forward to seeing some of our network physicians there. It's going to be a great session.
With some new part-time team members, Karthika Yoganathan (Admin to Scientific Programs), Dana Ewachow (Social Media), Abigail Krogman and Nico Meffe on fundraising, we are ready for the busy fall/winter season described below.
Building a strong PI community!
Richard Thompson, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer

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Free Subscription to LymphoSign Journal
Immunodeficiency Canada is proud to sponsor free subscriptions to LymphoSign Journal for all immunologists in Canada. LymphoSign Journal is an international journal that publishes novel clinical, translational, and basic research on immune disorders and their therapies. The journal is published quarterly and is of particular interest to clinicians and scientists in the fields of immunology, gastroenterology, neurology, dermatology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, and hematology. More information about the journal can be found online at
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Funding Opportunities
Canadian Rare Diseases Models and Mechanisms (RDMM) - Catalyst Grant
A maximum of $25,000 will be awarded for each Catalyst grant. Model organism investigators are expected to provide evidence that they/their lab is set up to do the work proposed in a timely fashion. Where the budget for the proposed work exceeds the Catalyst grant of $25,000, applicants are required to describe what work the Catalyst grant funds will cover and how additional funds will be garnered.
For Young Investigators: The Chaim Roifman Scholar Award for Young Investigators
Call for Research Proposal - Letter of Intent accepted ALL YEAR ROUND!

PI Webcast Series 2015
Next PI Webcast - Monday, November 23rd, 2015
St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto, ON) presenting
The PI Webcast Series, previously called PI Video Conference Series, created in 2008, has proven to be a highly valuable medium to discuss difficult cases among expert physicians across the country. Immunologists across Canada, at network sites, rotate hosting video presentations in which two complex cases are presented and discussed virtually. The video conferences are a self-accredited event by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, for 1.5 hours per seminar. You can attend at one of the Network Sites or Affiliated Members, or observe through webcasting.
To find out more about the PI Webcast series and stay-up-to date on upcoming presentations, please contact   
PI Community
Bidding For Health Online Auction
Our "Bidding for Health" 2015 auction was a great success!
From July 1 - 31, 2015 we had exciting bidding activity and each item sold to the lucky highest bidders helping us raise much needed funds. We are so appreciative for all the extra donations that were generously made at the time of checkout to help us achieve our goals. It is opportunities like this, where we and the greater community are working together to help reach the goal of finding better treatment and a cure for those with PID. A big shout out thank you to our key sponsor Burrito Boyz (Adelaide). On behalf of all of us at Immunodeficiency Canada...We send out a big thank you to all our generous sponsors, gift in kind donors, and our bidders/supporters too. We look forward to doing it all again with you same time next year!

13th Annual Baden Klein Cup
On August 26, 2015, the Guelph Gryphons hosted a charity soccer game at the Gryphon Soccer Complex in Guelph. The cool weather didn't dampen the spirits of the men's and ladies' teams, who played against the Ryerson Rams. The games were nail-biting. The amazed crowd supported both teams.
As the game played out on the field, the Klein family hosted a BBQ and a raffle, where all proceeds were donated to Immunodeficiency Canada. Thank you to all the companies that donated raffle items:
Guelph Grotto Climbing Company
Bollywood Bistro
Eros Hair Studio
NV Lounge
Foto Source Guelph
Play with Clay
Thomas Video
Goodlife Fitness
LifeGlobal Group
Guelph Gryphons
Wild Rose Consignment Clothing
Janus Books
Thank you to Keith Klein and the Klein family for organizing and hosting a wonderful event!

Alberta Kids Day

Here are some photos from Alberta Kids Day hosted by Dr. Nicola Wright and her team at the Alberta Children's Hospital.

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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon  
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The annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is on October 18, 2015 and the Immunodeficiency Canada team is ready.

This year all proceeds raised will go to the Alastair Fund, created in 2004 in memory of Alastair Mackay who fought a valiant battle with his cancer. The Alastair Fund provides funding to families dealing with financial strain due to illness from PI. It is available to families with a child registered as a patient at Toronto Sick Children's Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, Alberta's Children's Hospital, IWK Health Centre or British Columbia Children's Hospital. Families can access financial assistance for transportation, overnight stays, food, parking and other critical needs.
A strong team of 18 individuals, in counting, are busy training and raising funds for Immunodeficiency Canada.
This year team includes:
Sravya Aluri
Adam Cleveland
Dana Ewachow
Christopher Hamilton
Ivar Hamilton
Darla Jones
John Paul Jones
Abigail Krogman
Shirley Lau-Hamilton
Sara Macdonald
Brenda Reid
Chaim Roifman
Veronica Suitor
Richard Thompson
Claire Wichstrom
Garth Wichstrom
Lesley Wichstrom
Karthika Yoganathan
For more information about how to join the Immunodeficiency Canada team or the Alastair Fund visit
To support Immunodeficiency Canada and the team follow this link:    

Be part of something big. A new day on the calendar called GivingTuesday! After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is the movement that celebrates giving back. Join millions of Canadians and give back to the charities that you care about - donate and/or volunteer, on December 1, 2015.
GivingTuesday inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets. It proves that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back. It celebrates how Canadians can do more with their wallets then just shop and that we can give as good as we get.
Help Immunodeficiency Canada raise $5000 for the Alastair Fund this GivingTuesday. This amount will help provide direct support to families dealing with financial strain due to illness from PI. 100% of your donation will be used for the Alastair Fund, in thanks to our corporate sponsorship which covers administration costs. The Alastair Fund is available to families with a child registered as a patient at Toronto Sick Children's Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, Alberta's Children's Hospital or British Columbia Children's Hospital.
Families can access financial assistance for transportation, overnight stays, food, parking and other critical needs. Families having financial difficulties should talk to the Hospital Social Worker Department to access this fund. For more information about the Alastair Fund, visit the Immunodeficiency Canada website:
For more information or how to be a part of GivingTuesday visit

"Partner in Awareness" 
Announcing our FIRST corporate "Partner in Awareness": Terrence Ho!

"Less than a week after Terrence Ho and Bombardier's Toronto Site Team shared the 10 Warning Signs of Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) with 4000 colleagues as part of their monthly Jeans Day, I received a call from someone who
needed help," said Richard Thompson, CEO of Immunodeficiency Canada." Read more...
For more information about the corporate "Partner in Awareness" program, contact  

Newsletter Editor: Dana Ewachow

Contributors: Richard Thompson, Shirley Lau, Wendy Bodnoff, Karthika Yoganathan, Jeannine Rothblott

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