Welcome to the International Pompe Association (IPA)
Update: January 29, 2015
The International Pompe Association (IPA) would like to thank everyone for their interest in the Pilot Phase of our Pompe (Em)Power Program.
After careful consideration and discussion, and in the interest of ensuring a successful program the IPA Board has decided to open applications to those who are between the ages of eighteen to thirty-five (18-35).
In order to ensure that those interested who may not have been previously eligible because of age will have adequate time to apply, the application deadline has also been extended. The new application deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015.
The IPA Board
December 21, 2014
In Genzyme’s 4th annual PAL Awards program, the IPA received an Award for the submitted Pompe (Em)Power Pilot Project.
The Pompe (Em)Power Program is designed as a mentoring/young adult program intended to empower individuals that are interested in becoming involved in international patient advocacy. At this time the IPA is accepting applications to participate in the Pilot Phase of the Program.
The inaugural event of the Pilot Phase will be a face-to-face meeting in the Netherlands where attendees will spend four (4) nights and three (3) days getting to know each other and learning skills that will assist them on the path to becoming international patient advocates. Ria Broekgaarden and I (both founding members of the IPA) will organise and facilitate the meeting. We are both skilled trainers and have a lot of experience in Pompe disease and all of the issues involved in international patient advocacy.
The meeting is scheduled for June 8th-12th, 2015 in De Rijp, the Netherlands (40km from Amsterdam). June 8th and 12th will be travel days, with the meeting being conducted from June 9th-11th.
Participants will be encouraged to engage in discussion topics presented to them and helped to share their own thoughts, questions, and ideas. The IPA believes that open discussion and debate are important to working towards the best interest of the Pompe Community, and this message will be stressed throughout the Program. Participants will also be encouraged to identify their personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of the whole group, so that by working together, a stronger group is formed. As the slogan for International Pompe Day states: Together We Are Strong. This message will be emphasized to participants and an educational team-building activity will be arranged to allow participants get to know each other better, and to reinforce discussion topics related to networking and the importance of working together.
After the initial face-to-face meeting in the Netherlands, attendees will continue to communicate and work together through a variety of mediums (i.e. Skype, email, etc.). Participants will also be encouraged to organize activities in their own countries for other young adults. The groundwork for this will be laid during the face-to-face meeting by discussing the “Train the Trainer” principle. This Pilot Program will be the first step in encouraging and guiding young adults interested in international patient advocacy.
Important note: only European countries and Russia, Turkey, Israel, North Africa and South Africa are eligible.
More information and downloads:
Contact: Maryze Schoneveld van der Linde, Email >
For Immediate Release January 21, 2015
The International Pompe Association (IPA) is excited to announce our plan to host an international dundraiser for the Second Annual International Pompe Day (April 15, 2015). And we need YOUR help!
International Fundraiser Planned
Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards producing a short film developed and created by the IPA. The short film will be used to raise awareness of Pompe Disease and will be available to all of our Members and Affiliates for awareness and educational purposes.
As with selecting the date, logo, and slogan for International Pompe Day, the IPA would once again like to ask the international Pompe community for its help in choosing a fundraiser “theme.” Most people are aware of the extreme success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. What made it so successful, we believe, is that it: (1) was easy for people to do; (2) it was more or less free (just needed a bucket, ice, and water); and (3) it was fun for others to watch online!
So, we want to ask the international Pompe community to put their “thinking caps” on and come up with some suggestions for what the Pompe Fundraiser could be. Please email your suggestions (along with a brief explanation for why you believe it should be chosen) to Marsha Zimmerman. The IPA will be collecting fundraiser suggestions until Monday, March 2, 2015.
Voting will then take place until Monday, April 6, 2015. The fundraiser will go LIVE on April 15, 2015! Our fundraising goal is $50,000 (USD). Donations can be made directly to the IPA via our Paypal account or by wire transfer. More information on how to donate will be available soon.
Other Ways to Participate in International Pompe Day
In addition to the Fundraiser, the IPA intends to continue our activites from last year. The goal of International Pompe Day is to foster international awareness of Pompe Disease and the slogan for our day is "Together We Are Strong". The IPA encourages everyone to become involved in our Second Annual International Pompe Day to once again show how STRONG our Community is – both in numbers and in passion!
There are several ways that you can participate in addition to the fundraiser! These include:
Upload a photo to the International Pompe Day website.
- The photo can be of you, your family and friends, or community showing what “Together We Are Strong” means to you!
- Please use the Photo Upload Form for uploading your photo on the International Pompe Day website.
Participate in the International Pompe Day Art Contest!
- There will be four categories for the contest: Ages 0-5; 6-10; 11-18; 18+
- Participants can submit an essay, photo, drawing/artwork, etc that depicts what “Together We Are Strong” means to them.
- The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 3, 2015 and winners will be announced on April 15, 2015.
- More information: Official Rules, Art Contest Entry Form
Become a Supporter!
- Organizations are invited and encouraged to become Supporters of International Pompe Day by submitting their logo (or name) for publication on the International Pompe Day website.
- Please email your logo to Thomas Schaller at .
Join the International Pompe Day Group on the IPA Community Forum!
- To join the Community Forum, please go to: http://worldpompe.org/index.php/community
- Once you have registered on the Community Forum, you can join the International Pompe Day Group by clicking on “International Pompe Day” under the Groups tab of the Community Forum, and then click “Join this Group”
On the last 6th December, 2014, Malaysia Lysosomal Diseases Association (MLDA) had successfully organised the 'Every Life Counts' Charity Dinner. It was a lovely and wonderful event.
The event has been organised in conjungtion with the partnership from Malaysia Metabolic Society (MMS) and the Malaysia Ministry of Health. The mean objective of this dinner was to raise money to get up a Foundation to save the LSD children. In Malaysia, public recognize a Foundation more than an association and society. In the past MLDA had many rejections from corporate companies when MLDA tried to ask for a donation and partnership in projects. To be able to establish a Foundation MLDA needed at least 1 million RM.
At MLDA's first dinner in 2012 RM 400,000 was raised. With the last charity dinner with 700 guests participating RM 800,000 could be raised. With the raised money of both dinners MLDA is now able to establish the needed Foundation.
The presence of the State's King and Queen at the charity dinner not only encouraged MLDA to stand for their mission and goal to get good care and treatment for children with LSD's, it also helped MLDA to secure a RM 2 million financial grant from the the Ministry of Finance and an additional RM 1 million from the Ministry of Health.
MLDA is grateful and thanks His Royal HIghness Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir and Her Royal Highness Tunku Ampuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus Tuanku Aishah Rohani Binti Almarhum Tengku Besar Mahmud for gracing the charity dinner.
MLDA also would like to thank the Japan MPS Society, Mr. Takeyuki Akiyama for coming all the way from Japan to share with the audience to impacto of having enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) and the differences between early and late treatment. He is father to two MPS type 6 children. His son Yuto started ERT late and shows now the typical features and symptoms of a MPS type 6 patient. His daughter Noa, however, started ERT early and shows minimum signs of MPS type 6. No one knows that she is an MPS type 6 patient.
MLDA also thanks all members, employees, volunteers and sponsors that provided their best support. Without this help the charity dinner couldn't be organised within a timeline of 3 months. Together, with hope and determination, this charity dinner was made a success.
The Charity Dinner visited by 700 people to support MLDA
The Minister of Health welcomed by Haziq a MPS type 6 patient
The King receives a gift of one of the members of MLDA
Background Information: Malaysia has 14 states. Nine of the 14 states have their own King and Queen. The nine State KInds will rotate every 5 years to be the King of Malaysia. The State, Negeri Sembilan is a south of Kuala Lumpur, the current King is Tuanku Murhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir (the 4th King of Negeri Sembilan after the independece of Malaysia).