epi4dogs is very pleased to announce that we were honored to be invited to this convention and so glad that we were able to attend. It was a FANTASTIC opportunity, we made a lot of wonderful contacts that we feel will further help our EPI cause!
2012 AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY INTERNAL MEDICINE (ACVIM) FORUM
May 31-June 2 in New Orleans
our Booth was #7
Attendees at our booth were:
Dr. David A. Williams, MA Vet MB PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ECVIM-CA, Developer of the TLI test for EPI, Gastrointestinal Consultant at Texas A&M http://vetmed.tamu.edu/gilab/staff
Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, PhD., Ass't Professor Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University SC. (EPI Geneticist)
Diane Sloan of EnzymeDiane http://www.enzymediane.com/
Olesia Kennedy of epi4dogs http://www.epi4dogs.com/
This is Allee Sweasy, a young lady from a small town in Indiana who happened upon an EPI Brochure and decided to do something about it!
Every day after the school bus drops the town children off.... they all dash to the local Post Office to say "hi" to Alisa (the nicest Post Master ever!) and get a piece of candy from the ever present (and filled) candy bowl on the counter and they chat and chat and chat to Alisa about what happened in school, how mom and dad are, and what brothers and sisters are doing.
One day Allee noticed an EPI Brochure posted on the bulletin board an started asking Alisa the Postmaster questions about these sad skinny dogs. Alisa explained what happens when a dog develops EPI. A little while later, Allee came back to the Post Office with a donation box that she had made to collect funds to help EPI Research and hopefully save future dogs from this dreaded condition! This inspiring young lady Allee has made a difference..... she has since collected a nice amount of cash that will be sent to Dr. Leigh Anne Clark at Clemson University in SC who is conducting the EPI Genetic Research.
It is amazing how much one can accomplish with initiative and compassion.... EPI has since been discussed in school, students sharing with their parents what EPI is.... and THAT is how we bring better awareness to EPI... Thank You Allee!!!