National Eosinophil Awareness Week — May 16-22, 2021

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.

In 2021, National Eosinophil Awareness Week is May 16-22. We invite you to celebrate National Eosinophil Awareness Week by showing your support of those who live with eosinophil-associated diseases.

Suggested activities

Consider doing the following activities to E.D.U.C.A.T.E. others about these conditions. You can follow along with our suggested calendar of activities or do the activities on any day of awareness week (or really any day of the year).

E: Educate

Learn about and share facts about eosinophil-associated disorders, such as the following video and graphics. Share these resources through social media and include the hashtags #NEAW and #EosAware to help spread the word.

  • Share this video about eosinophil-associated diseases:

 

 

  • Share these eosinophilic disorder awareness images (share the whole collection as an album or pick and choose images to share, click on the images to view larger and download individual images):

 

  • Share these graphics to help people save the date and recognize National Eosinophil Awareness Week 2021:

940×788 rectangle (great for Facebook)

1080×1080 square (great for Instagram)

  • Update your Facebook business page cover photo to celebrate National Eosinophil Awareness Week:

  • You can also create your own graphics to celebrate awareness week and incorporate the eosinophilic disorders awareness ribbon. Be sure to share what you create. We’d love to see what you come up with:

D: Donate

  • Donate $20 for APFED’s 20th anniversary. Twenty years ago APFED was launched to support patients and families living with eosinophil-associated diseases. Our goal is to raise $100,000 this year to fund a new research study. You can also help us celebrate our anniversary by recording and sharing a video message answering a question about your experiences and extending a happy anniversary message to all of our community. We are currently accepting video submissions to share throughout the year.
  • Start a Facebook fundraiser to encourage your friends and family to support APFED. Facebook charges no fees for donations made to nonprofits. As a 501(c)(3) U.S. nonprofit, donations to APFED made by U.S. residents are tax-deductible.
  • Host a virtual fundraiser. Fundraising can be a fun and rewarding way to support APFED’s mission and make a difference for those living with eosinophil-associated disorders. APFED can provide support to make your event a success. Contact jforrest@apfed.org with your ideas.
U: Unite

  • Purchase Heroes Bring Hope t-shirt or sweatshirt to show off your support for eosinophil-associated diseases all throughout the year. These exclusive items are only being sold from now through May 22, so order yours today. A portion of the sales go to APFED.
  • Register for EOS Connection 2021, APFED’s virtual patient education conference. The live events are scheduled for July 14-16, 2021. The conference is a terrific opportunity to gather (virtually) with patients and families and other members of our community to learn about eosinophil-associated diseases, gain practical management strategies, and hear research updates from experts in the field. APFED members can register for FREE! If you are a member and have not yet received a discount code for the 2021 conference, contact conference@apfed.org.
  • Become a member of APFED and ask a friend to join as well. We have options for both personal and professional members, including FREE levels. By becoming a member you will receive email updates about relevant news and initiatives. Additional benefits vary based on the membership level you choose.
C: Change
  • Contact your representatives to ask for their support for legislation that will help people with eosinophil-associated diseases
  • Learn about clinical trial opportunities and consider participating. Clinical trials can offer an opportunity to try a new medication before it is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
A: Awareness
  • Wear magenta to raise awareness (the official color of National Eosinophil Awareness Week is #841d57). Whether you choose to wear a ribbon for eosinophilic disorders awareness or get decked out in spirit wear, the choice is yours. Take pictures, and share them on social media with the following hashtags: #NEAW #EosAware.
  • Paint a rock with an eosinophil-associated disease awareness message. Include apfed.org on the back of the rock and hide it for others to find. This will help people know where to go to learn more. This is a great activity for all ages. We have a special certificate you can print out to recognize your participation (this is a great incentive for kids). Check out these examples of rocks painted by our team and their families.

T: Thank
Send a letter, email, or text message to thank those who have helped you in your eos journey. Saying thank you is a great way to make people feel appreciated. Plus, an attitude of gratitude is always in style.
E: Engage
  • Take a selfie and share why you are #eosaware for #SelfieSaturday. Print out this sign, fill in your reason, and then take a selfie while holding it up for others to see. Then post the selfie on social media and include the hashtags #NEAW #eosaware and #SelfieSaturday to help other people in your network learn about eosinophil-associated diseases.
  • Join EOS Connections, APFED’s online community on the Inspire Network. This forum is a place for patients, caregivers, and family members to connect with others for support and to share information. There are discussion boards for different types of eosinophil-associated diseases.

 

Additional ideas for companies and organizations

Individuals, companies, organizations, and teams can all get involved in National Eosinophil Awareness Week. In addition to the ideas above, here are a few ideas for companies and organizations:

  • Create a video message with well wishes for National Eosinophil Awareness Week and APFED’s 20th anniversary and share it on social media (include #NEAW and #eosaware in your posts) and internally with your teams.
  • Encourage your colleagues to shop using AmazonSmile and choose the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders as the charitable organization to support. This can be done during National Eosinophil Awareness Week, and beyond.
  • 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 or health care provider.

 

Giveaway

In celebration of National Eosinophil Awareness Week, APFED gave away a limited number of fun items (such as t-shirts, magnets, and books) to help raise awareness of eosinophil-associated diseases. The giveaway is now closed. Winners will be randomly and notified by email.

National Eosinophil Awareness Week 2021 giveaway
 

Plan to light up the world for 2022

Help us get a jump on National Eosinophil Awareness Week 2022 celebrations by asking your local landmarks to light up magenta during awareness week. Many locations require applications months in advance, so it’s not too soon to get started. Please let us know where you are making light up requests so that we can track it nationwide!

Light up the world for National Eosinophil Awareness Week
 

 

Use Hashtags #NEAW and #EosAware!

 

Special thanks to our education partners for supporting APFED’s NEAW 2021 celebration!

 

AstraZeneca

 

Bristol Myers Squibb

GSK

 

 

Sanofi Genzyme Regeneron

 

Takeda

 

If your company or organization is interested in partnering for NEAW 2021, please contact mail@apfed.org.