Great to see you in Boston!
Dear PURA Family: It was a wonderful time seeing you in Boston and I'm so glad that you were able to make it there.
In all, 102 people attended, representing 6 countries!
We got a lot of research updates and had some great conversations about ourselves: How to help plan for the future, the importance of taking care of the care giver, sharing our personal stories, and much more. We are processing the videos of many of the presentations and hope to start to share them in the next month. Look for updates on our web-site!
In Boston, I tried to meet each of you, and if I missed any of you, I'm sorry. I did see a lot people meeting on at lunch and dinner times, and noise was joyous!
Some of you have been to our conferences before, and for many, this was your first time. But from the sound of the room, it sounded like a family reunion: rekindling deep and personal friendships formed with us long ago! This is the power of meeting, and truly the power of Family!
So I wanted to reach out once more to say Thanks!
And a Special thanks to the Conference Committee:
Jon Erickson, Kerry Hildring, Pat and Any Moysenko, and Kris Moysenko.
We could not have done this without you!
Traveling to these events are difficult, it is expensive and never easy to take time away from home. And I understand how meeting with more PURA families can be emotionally challenging, especially if this is your first time. There is something concrete about meeting others. And as personally intimidating as I can find it to be sometimes, I also have always found our meetings to be invigorating. Constantly reminding me that we are not alone!
With that, please don't forget to let us know how we're doing! You can e-mail me with thoughts and comments. And I hope to see all of you next year, at the Sanger Institute, Cambridge England! Our 5th Conference is schedule for June 26-28, 2020!
Dominic J. Spadafore, AIA
PURA Syndrome Foundation