This Month's Volunteer Spotlight: Kathleen Browning
Kathleen Browning/Dvorak had psoriasis for many years before her son, Thomas was diagnosed at age six. Kathleen shared, “The scariest aspect of anything is the unknown. Knowing that there is no cure, I wanted to make sure my son was well versed in his disease. The more he could understand what his body was doing to itself, the more power he had over his psoriatic disease.” Fortunately, Kathleen’s internet search landed her on the NPF website where she discovered “an abundance of valuable resources.” The family began attending every event they could, learned more and became even more involved.
The Browning/Dvorak family attended their first event in NYC in 2012, where little Thomas spoke. The family attended the first NYC walk later that year, and every one since. They also volunteered at the first NYC Cycle which occurred on Thomas’s 11th birthday in 2015. Thomas has been a Youth Ambassador since 2012. Kathleen has been an active member of the Youth Advisory Group since it began in 2014. They have raised funds, attended conferences, done podcasts, and advocated. There really is not much this family hasn’t done to raise awareness and funds for research!
Bev Bromfield summarized our appreciation for the family when she wrote, “Kathleen and her family are always willing to step up and help set-up for events and participate! They are truly committed to finding a cure for the disease and making life better for others. They are an amazing family and it's a true honor knowing them!”
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Why Do You Volunteer?
The folks at the NPF from the Board, to the CEO, to the staff, and to the volunteers, are the most dedicated and caring group of folks that I have ever run across and I want to be a part of that.- John Early
What does NPF mean to me? People, many of whom are now friends, that I can relate to and talk to about our common disease. - Hillel Katzeff
NPF is connection. Connection to fellow sufferers, connection to important information and a connection to my need as a nurse to be able to help others. NPF has given me needed friendships and fellowship I would not have otherwise had. - Patti MacBean-Puchino
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