Unite our Global Community: Maria’s Story

This December, we’re sharing stories from people who have have helped unite our global community so that patients don’t feel as alone. We’ve made great strides in recent years, but there is still much work to be done. Even in times of economic uncertainty, we each have a deep reserve of generosity, and can make a difference.

Maria Hernandez

Maria’s Story

“I connected with the IPPF in 2017 when I was diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris (PV). After numerous doctor and ER visits, with no relief or answers, I connected with IPPF peer coach, Mei Ling Moore. She immediately emailed me, and personally called me to introduce herself and tell me about the IPPF. She guided me to the right doctors at UCSF, in San Francisco, CA. Mei Ling made herself available for any questions and concerns and followed up with me after my first appointment. I continue to stay in touch with any questions and update her with my continued progress. The IPPF has been very supportive through my journey to remission. I am forever grateful for this organization. They continue to help me and others to make our load a little lighter and to allow us to feel RARE, but not alone. Join me in giving back to others in our community, by donating to the IPPF community today.”

In 2022, we’ve helped 500 people navigate through the journey of living with pemphigus and pemphigoid through our Peer Coach program. Your tax-deductible donation ensures programs like this are available to all those who need them today, tomorrow, and for years to come. Join us to unite our global community, now through the end of the year.

Interested in sustaining your impact by becoming a Healing Hero with a monthly donation instead? Check out our Healing Heroes program here.