World Duchenne Awareness Day, observed on September 7, presents a great opportunity for patient advocacy groups and patient organizations to make a significant impact. By organizing an event or conference, you can raise awareness, build a strong community, and educate key stakeholders about Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD/BMD). In this article, we will describe two approaches to organize an event or conference: a fun family get-together focused on community building and an educational conference, also inviting clinicians, healthcare professionals, and school teachers.
Family Get-Together for Community Building
Creating a fun and engaging family-oriented event can be an excellent way to foster a sense of togetherness within the DMD/BMD community. Don’t forget to take pictures of the day and communicate the event!
- Choose a Theme: Select a theme that appeals to families and your goal. Consider a superhero theme to celebrate the strength and resilience of people living with DMD/BMD, or align with the yearly WDAD theme.
- Fun Activities: Plan exciting activities for all ages, such as games, face painting, and interactive workshops. These activities not only entertain but also spread awareness in an enjoyable manner.
- Storytelling Session: Arrange a storytelling session where families share their experiences with Duchenne. This emotional connection helps build empathy and understanding.
- Fundraising Efforts: Organize fundraising initiatives like raffles or silent auctions to support research programs.
- Community Resources: Invite local support groups, therapists, and social workers to offer resources and assistance to families. Check with your local hospital if they have volunteer programs you can include in the event.
Educational Conference for Stakeholders
Consider organizing an education conference. An conference provides an opportunity to reach out to clinicians, healthcare professionals, and school teachers to disseminate knowledge about Duchenne and Becker MD.
- Knowledgeable Speakers: Invite experts in Duchenne research, treatment, and patient care to present the latest advancements and best practices.
- Breakout Sessions: Conduct focused breakout sessions to address specific concerns. These can be conversations between people living with the disease, families, clinicians, healthcare professionals, or teachers.
- Panel Discussions: Engage in panel discussions where people living with the disease and caregivers share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs. This personal touch fosters a deeper understanding of the condition for all attendees.
- Q&A Sessions: Allow stakeholders to ask questions and seek clarifications, promoting an interactive learning environment.
- Networking Opportunities: Facilitate networking among attendees to encourage collaborations and support networks.
Organize an Event or Conference
Organizing an event or conference for World Duchenne Awareness Day can leave a lasting impact on the community and beyond. Whether through a family day or an educational conference. Everyone can create spaces for support, education, and awareness. Together, let’s take a step forward in the journey towards a brighter future for those affected by Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy.