October 13, 2001 marked FIRST’s 2nd Regional Meeting
Patrice Russell, a long-time member of FIRST, hosted the daylong event in Bloomingdale, Georgia. Nineteen local FIRST members gathered for a day of sharing and learning. Dr. Mary Spraker of the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Dermatology, and member of FIRST’s Medical Advisory Board, also attended the conference to provide information on ichthyosis to the attendees.


The day began with a morning reception and registration. Dr. Spraker discussed various aspects of ichthyosis, including treatment methods, research and new genetic findings. After a down-home southern barbeque lunch, participants had a question and answer session with Dr. Spraker, as well as an open discussion. The nine children in attendance had the chance to participate in activities including pony rides, T-shirt painting, and a puppet show.

Thanks to everyone who participated to help make this Regional Meeting a success. Special thanks to Patrice Russell for coordinating the event, and to Dr. Mary Spraker for taking a day out of her busy schedule to speak at the meeting.

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