Whether you are just starting out on your journey with an eosinophil-associated condition or have been part of APFED’s community for years, welcome!
In 2007, APFED drafted bill language to establish a National Eosinophil Awareness Week (NEAW). On May 15, 2007, The U.S. House of Representatives passed House Bill 296, forever recognizing the third week of May as National Eosinophil Awareness Week. The purpose of this special week is to create awareness and educate both the general public and medical community about eosinophil-associated diseases.
We invite you to celebrate National Eosinophil Awareness Week by showing your support of those who live with eosinophil-associated diseases and by educating others about these conditions.
Explore resources and suggested activities from 2020 and stay tuned for details about NEAW 2021!
- Post facts about eosinophil associated diseases to your social media page/s. Use the hashtags #NEAW20 and #EosAware to help spread the word!
- Contact local media and share your story. Reporters and editors may contact APFED for additional information or resources.
- Distribute educational materials to health care providers and area businesses.
- Create an online fundraiser to increase awareness and to raise funds to support APFED’s HOPE on the Horizon Research Program.
- Make a personal donation to APFED and encourage others to match it. You may earmark your gift to support specific areas, such as research or education.
- Join us today as we share with our members of Congress why the Medical Nutrition Equity Act is important to those who use medical foods to treat GI conditions! Today is the National Day of Action for the Medical Nutrition Equity Act! Learn how you can help APFED advocate by visiting https://nutritionequity.org/dayofaction/.
- Coordinate a get-together with local eos families to celebrate NEAW, or work together to plan a fundraiser. If social distancing makes in-person meet-ups challenging, plan a virtual event on a free platform, such as Zoom.
- Become a member of APFED and ask a friend to join as well. We had new personal membership and professional membership options available, including a free level.
- Join or start a local support group.
- Join the National Eosinophil Awareness Week community on Facebook and post how you are raising awareness this year.
- Change your Facebook profile photo to show you love someone with eosinophil-associated condition. Follow this link and use the “search” box to find “NEAW 2020.”
- Change the way others view your disease by sharing your story. For social media, use the hashtags #NEAW20 and #EosAware to increase awareness!
- Take a selfie or a group shot of you and/or your family and friends wearing magenta-colored clothing, face paint, nail color, or an awareness accessory like a pin or shirt, and post the photo to social media. Let your followers know that you are supporting families who have eosinophil-associated conditions this week.
- Change your social media profile picture to the National Eosinophil Awareness Week logo.
- Tell the world you love someone with an eosinophil-associated disease! Download and share our “I love someone with...” images (see the tab for Awareness Images on this page), use them as your social media profile picture, and raise awareness of eosinophilic conditions at the same time!
- Download and share APFED's resources (see the tab for Posters, Flyers, and Fact Sheets on this page).
- Reach out to those who have been supportive of your journey to thank them.
- Send a special note of thanks to the health care providers who have made a difference in your life.
- Thank legislators who support issues important to our community.
- Invite family, friends, and others to experience dietary limitations (Suggestion: Eat Like Us for a Day Challenge).
- Participate in an ongoing fundraiser to benefit APFED’s HOPE on the Horizon Research Program.
- Share facts about eosinophil-associated diseases on your social media platforms. The infographics and shareables on APFED’s National Eosinophil Awareness Week event page may be downloaded and freely used or follow APFED on social media and share out the information we post. Encourage your friends and followers to get involved, too, and use hashtags #NEAW20 and #EosAware.
- If you use Facebook, add a National Eosinophil Awareness Week frame to your profile photo. There two designs to choose from. Follow this link and use the “search” box to find “NEAW 2020.”
- Paint the town magenta! Dark magenta is the color of our awareness week ribbon. Take a selfie or a group shot of you and/or your family and friends wearing similar colored clothing, face paint, nail color, or an awareness accessory like a pin or shirt, and post the photo to social media. Let your followers know that you are supporting families who have eosinophil-associated conditions this week.
- Share your story! It helps to know you are not alone! Consider writing or recording a short perspective piece about what life is like with eosinophil-associated diseases. What challenges do you experience? What do you wish people would better understand? What advice would you give to those who were newly diagnosed? Share your creation with APFED so that we in turn can share it with others.
- Contact your local media outlets and ask about opportunities to announce National Eosinophil Awareness Week and to share your story. You may also direct reporters and editors to APFED as a resource.
- Support APFED’s work by becoming a member, making a donation or hosting a fundraiser (many virtual options are available for fundraising; contact email@example.com for suggestions or help getting started!).
- Share facts about eosinophil-associated diseases in your print communications and on your social media platforms. The infographics and shareables from may be downloaded and freely used (scroll up for the link). Encourage your followers to share, as well.
- Take a group photo of your colleagues wearing eosinophil-awareness shirts (APFED’s gift store has a variety of items to choose from), or magenta-colored clothing or accessories that are similar to the color of our awareness ribbon. Post the photo to your corporate social media channel/s along with a message of well-wishes to patients and families.
- Incorporate a reference to National Eosinophil Awareness Week in press releases your company may issue in May, particularly if the topic is related (e.g., study results that are of interest to the eosinophil-associated disease community).
- Invite guest authors to contribute to your corporate blog, such as a patient or family impacted by eosinophil-associated diseases, or a special interview with a team member about a related topic, such as a researcher, health care provider, or product developer).
- Encourage team members to support APFED’s community through a virtual fundraiser, a donation, or a matching corporate gift program.
- Sponsor a giveaway to your social media followers, such as awareness button or tshirt. APFED can help you facilitate a giveaway, if you’d like.
- Create and disseminate infographics or download/share the ones that APFED has created.
- Develop special graphics for your website and social media channel to use during National Eosinophil Awareness Week, or download and use the ones that APFED has available on this webpage.
- Record a short message to the eosinophil community wishing them a happy week and talking about the ways in which your team is working to increase awareness and share it out on social media. Use the hashtags #NEAW20 and #EosAware in tandem with your content.
Follow Us All Week and Use Hashtags #NEAW21 and #EosAware!
Special thanks to our education partners for supporting APFED’s NEAW 2021 celebration!