Surrounded by many grateful patient families in attendance at the Second Biennial IDEA Gala, Dr. Niraj Patel, director of Levine Children’s Hospital’s pediatric infectious disease and immunology program, spoke passionately about the importance of philanthropy in advancing the hospital’s new multidisciplinary clinic, which serves children affected by primary immune deficiencies.

Though there are few known cures for immune deficiency disorders, families of patients at Levine Children’s continue to find hope in the many resources that philanthropy enables: patient education, multidisciplinary care under one roof, behavioral therapy resources, and clinical research to improve patient care.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, grateful patient families and many community sponsors, the IDEA Gala raised $120,000 to continue support for the clinic’s work and patient resources provided by I.D.E.A. – the Immune Deficiency Education and Advocacy group founded by Dr. Patel and his patients in 2009.