Don’t end 2018 without making an impact on 2019

| Steve Bieler
No one has to convince Sara Lee Larner of Latham, New York, that it’s important to help NPF. She’s had our back since the day we switched to computers.
 
Sara Lee and her husband, Barry, are lifetime members of NPF, with a giving history that dates to 1984 and the beginning of our computerized records. Sara Lee has had psoriasis for 50 years, beginning with the birth of her first child. She’s been on “all kinds of medications,” she says, including tar baths and some “really serious heavy drugs.” Her current biologic, which she began not long ago, has cleared her skin.
 
The Larners earmark all their end-of-year donations for research and make them all in honor of Sara Lee’s dermatologist, longtime NPF board member Mark Lebwohl, M.D.
 
“The contributions my husband and I have made have been important for me for supporting NPF and its research,” she says. “We felt very strongly that by contributing we would help in finding remedies and cures.” 
 
By contributing, the Larners are also helping us aim higher. We have a new goal: the creation of a diagnostic test for psoriatic arthritis. People with PsA often go months and sometimes years without a diagnosis because their doctors don’t have this tool. There’s a test for cholesterol. There’s a test for diabetes. Why not a test for PsA? We call this the PsA Diagnosis Project, and you can help us move it forward.
 
If you feel as strongly as the Larners do, we have three other ideas that may guide your giving.
 
1. Set up a Facebook fundraiser. Facebook launched fundraisers last year as a way to fund worthy causes. This is a convenient way to support NPF – just click the “fundraisers” option and rally your pals around your cause. You never know which of your friends will donate a few bucks. Bonus: Fundraisers are a great way to spread the word about NPF among people who may not be familiar with us.
 
2. With NPF’s Legacy Society, you can make a big impact with a future gift. We work with you to find a charitable plan that supports NPF while ensuring that you continue to provide for your family.
 
3. NPF also offers the Sustainer Psociety, which lets you spread your gift through the year. Choose your amount, and your credit card or bank account will automatically be charged on the third Friday of every month. There’s no commitment – you can change or cancel at any time.
 
Every year, NPF invests millions in research, advocacy, education and patient services to help the people who live every day with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, but we couldn’t do any of this without the support of the Larners and people like you. Please consider giving generously. Act now. Make a difference. 2018 ain’t over till it’s over.

Driving discovery, creating community

For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.

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