Avesis Managed Healthcare consultant for strategic partnerships Alan S. Cohn is the chief executive officer of AbsoluteCARE. On October 28, 2017, Alan S. Cohn’s AbsoluteCARE took part in a two-hour walk at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Georgia, to raise funds for the Immunodeficiency Disease Foundation (IDF), an organization that exists to better the lives of close to 250,000 Americans diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI).
PI is a group of over 300 rare and chronic diseases that affect the immune system. These diseases render the immune system incapable of functioning properly, either completely or in part. Patients with these diseases are very susceptible to infection in various parts of the body such as the throat, lungs, brain, and spinal cord. The diseases are not contagious and are mostly caused by genetic defects.
One of the biggest challenges facing patients with PI is access to information. IDF was founded by the families of children with PI together with their personal physicians. The group provides a range of resources to improve the lives of people living with PI.