The Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types, Inc. and Foundation members Heather and Caitie Gattuccio were recently honored with the American Academy of Dermatology’s Gold Triangle Award.  The awards were presented on Saturday, July 26, 2003, at the Academy’s summer meeting in Chicago, IL.

Jean Pickford, Executive Director, accepted the prestigious Gold Triangle Award for FIRST, which saluted winners in media, industry, health community, public service, and individual effort for excellence in promoting dermatology awareness and encouraging healthy behavior in the care of skin, hair, and nails. The Foundation was honored for its website,, which serves as the source for concise, accurate, and user-friendly information about the ichthyoses for the general public.
The Gattuccios were honored for their National Public Radio address entitled, “Caitie’s Story,” which poignantly depicts the life of Caitie Gattuccio, a young girl affected with lamellar ichthyosis.  “This year’s Gold Triangle Award winners are to be commended for their efforts in increasing awareness of dermatology and greatly impacting the lives of people throughout the country who are affected physically, emotionally, and financially by these conditions,” said dermatologist Raymond L. Cornelison, Jr., MD, President of the American Academy of Dermatology and host of the 2003 Gold Triangle Awards.
The American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of over 14,000 dermatologists worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails;
advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and  enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin.
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