After seven years on the IPPF Board of Directors with two and a half years in the role of president, it will be time for me to step down this summer. I am very pleased with how the Foundation has grown and improved in the last two and a half years. We have improved our finances, tightened operations, and introduced new programs and initiatives. The latter includes, among others, launching an awareness campaign, establishing interactions and programs with biopharmaceutical companies, creating a multitiered volunteer program, and establishing an endowment fund. The Foundation is in a better position now than when I took on the role of president.
As I have done several times in the last few years, I once again want to encourage members of our community to get involved in Foundation activities. Your expertise, time, and professional and personal networks will enable the Foundation to better serve our patients. We can create roles with responsibilities and time commitments that fit each individual’s interests, capabilities, and time constraints. Volunteering is a great way for new patients to accelerate their learning and be in a better position to take charge of their lives. It is also a great way for patients in remission to serve as models for our new patients. Please contact the Foundation and explore how you can contribute. Please do get involved.
I want to thank my Board colleagues, medical advisors, and CEO and staff. It has been a pleasure to work with you in advancing the Foundation. I want to also thank our patients and caregivers. Your courage and persistence are inspiring. It has been an honor to work with you.
I will still be involved with the Foundation in a volunteer capacity, likely in the area of research and development, a topic of great interest to me. I look forward to watching the IPPF continue on its upward trajectory.
Best wishes to everyone.