Endometriosis Foundation of America: ‚ÄčAn Online Patient Community
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Announcing EndoFound's Next Webinar: Back to Basics

Margaret Cianci

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How are you doing? Based on the information we have, endo patients continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. From postponed surgeries to strained pain management plans, we know it’s a difficult journey, and we’re here for you. We are continuing to make your wellbeing our priority at EndoFound. If you have a moment, please complete this survey to help us understand how you are doing during this difficult time. Your input will help us help you in the weeks and months to come. 

I’m excited to announce our third webinar, Endo 101: Back to Basics. Based on your feedback, we recognized that many patients want to arm themselves with the basics of endo pain management and treatment, especially during this difficult time. Gynecologic surgeon Dr. Karli Goldstein, who is an endo patient herself, will be joined by patient advocate Jessica Murnane to discuss the basics of living with, managing, and treating endometriosis. Journalist Dina Gusovsky will moderate the conversation.

As our staff continues to work from home, we increasingly need your help in order to continue the work we do. As a result of COVID-19, EndoFound canceled all of its fundraising events, including the Blossom Ball. To make up the shortfall, we need your support now more than ever to continue building awareness of the disease, advocating for the community, educating adolescents, and supporting cutting-edge research. GoFundMe is matching #GivingTuesdayNow donations. Please consider a donation of $100 now as the match is first-come-first-serve. 

Join Our Giving Tuesday Campaign!

Last week the coronavirus stimulus package included two new changes for donors to nonprofits. The CARES act will allow a temporary universal charitable deduction up to $300 for cash gifts for the 2020 tax year. For donors who are still able to itemize their deductions, the current deduction cap is 60% of adjusted gross income. For more information, please visit this page.  

Together we will make it through this stronger than before.

In community,

Margaret Cianci
Executive Director, EndoFound

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Endo 101: Back to Basics—this Sunday!

You spoke and we listened! In our next webinar, Endo 101: Back to Basics, EndoFound Board member Dr. Karli Goldstein, a gynecologic surgeon at the Seckin Endometriosis Center, and Jessica Murnane, author, podcast host, endo patient, and advocate put the focus back on endometriosis.  

Moderator Dina Gusovsky, a former CNBC journalist who now writes for Late Night with Seth Meyers, leads the discussion on getting back to basics including diagnosing and treating endometriosis, pain management, and nutrition options.

This informative crash course arms you with the tools you need wherever you are in your endo journey. Whether you’re suspecting endometriosis for the first time or have just had your fourth surgery, Dr. Goldstein and Jessica are here to talk. This webinar can help those who haven’t heard of endo but may be experiencing pain, as well as educate friends and family members who don’t know much about the disease. Invite your friends, family, endo advocates, and fellow supporters! Please note: we have updated the original time to 11:30AM (EDT). 

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Save the Date! #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th

Double your impact! GoFundMe is matching #GivingTuesdayNow donations. Please consider a donation of $100 now as the match is first-come first-serve. 

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.  #GivingTuesdayNow is a worldwide day of unity to take place on May 5, 2020, as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.  Its mission remains the same: a day to do good and come together by giving to your charity of choice.

EndoFound is tasked with educating an estimated 7 million U.S. women with the signs and symptoms of endometriosis. There are still so many women who have never even heard the word endometriosis, let alone understand the symptoms. With your support, EndoFound is continuing to create partnerships, programs, and outreach to inform the public, elected officials, the medical community, and anyone who will listen that endometriosis is a public health crisis. Through education and advocacy, together we can help so many more women who suffer with this debilitating disease. As the impact of COVID-19 continues to change our daily lives, we cannot forget that women are suffering from endo—now more than ever. Please join our Giving Tuesday Campaign by donating. Every little bit helps!

Join Our Giving Tuesday Campaign!
Thank you to everyone across the country who has fundraised in support of endometriosis! From birthday fundraisers to running 5Ks, you make it happen. With your help, we can continue working towards increasing endometriosis awareness, education, advocacy, and research. To create a fundraiser, please visit our Everyday Hero page or set up your fundraiser on Facebook.
Realizing Your Dreams: An Interview with Kianna Scott

In 2016 Kianna Scott, endo patient and founder of EndoArmy, moved across the country to Virginia not knowing a single person in pursuit of her life-long dream of working in the veterinary industry with Olympic-level horses. It was shortly after her move when a doctor told her that her back pain was due to overexerting herself. The doctor told her to stop riding and working with horses forever which would have resulted in her losing her apartment, her job, and her new found life.

EndoFound spoke with Kianna last week about EndoArmy, on why information and community remains as important as ever for endo patients, and how endo patients can continue to realize their dreams despite their disease. Today, Kianna is planning her Trail Ride Campaign, a 6-month journey on horseback from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Kianna never gave up on her dream, and her mission with Endo Army is stronger than ever: you can realize your dream too.

Kianna’s Interview
Researcher Spotlight: Ie-Ming Shih

EndoFound recently sat down with Ie-Ming Shih, MD, PhD, who is the Richard TeLinde Distinguished Professor of Gynecologic Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In this interview, Dr. Shih discusses how he recognized the need for high impact research in endometriosis and applied his training in gynecologic pathology and cancer molecular genetics to conduct endometriosis research. His project, funded by EndoFound in 2018, revealed that deep-infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) harbors somatic cancer-associated mutations and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. With excitement, Dr. Shih discusses how these preliminary results motivated him and his team to collaborate with other researchers and apply for an NIH grant. This has resulted in an award of over $3 million which Dr. Shih hopes will result in better diagnosis and treatment for women with endometriosis. Dr. Shih expresses his sincere gratitude to EndoFound for providing the seed funding for the initial project that made it possible to apply to the NIH.

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Spotlight on Endo Advocates

Hello Endo Chick is a boutique clothing shop on Etsy created to spread awareness, promote change, and inspire others. Kailey, owner and founder, was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2016 after suffering for years with unexplained pain. “Before I was diagnosed,” Kailey said, “I had never heard of the word endometriosis. I was shocked to find out that 1 in 10 women have it. I am proud to use my voice to tell my story and hopefully inspire others to do the same.”

One of the first resources she found after diagnosis was EndoFound. “The Endometriosis Foundation of America is a valuable source for all women. Their site is full of information and creates a supportive online community for Endowarriors. The research they are conducting paves the way for a better understanding of this complex disease.” For these reasons, Kailey donates a portion of every sale to EndoFound. Thank you, Kailey!

If you have a project or company with proceeds donated to EndoFound, please let us know by emailing generaladmin@endofound.org!

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Run with Team EndoFound in the NYC Marathon!

Calling all runners! We’re still building our NYC Marathon team according to the guidance of the New York Road Runners Club. If you’re interested in a chance to be a part of our fifty person team, please fill out this form

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