We just wanted to add a special update in recognition of the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. They held a food drive this summer for Grace's Heat Respite program. This was inspired and coordinated by Michelle West, an employee there. Each day on her way to work, Michelle passes by the church and sees the folks lined up, waiting for the church doors to open for the day. She reached out to us and organized a food drive that would support our outreach.
Today they dropped off 784 lbs of non-perishable food items along with 45 lbs of hygiene items!
We are so grateful to those at the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch where researchers in the Branch use several scientific approaches to determine the cause of the disease, including epidemiologic, clinical physiologic, and molecular genetic approaches.