Pat’s Fund is a 501(c) (3) corporation. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Pat’s Fund was founded in December, 1999, in Seattle, Washington following the death of Pat Barnes from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) an autoimmune disease affecting blood platelets.

Pat’s Fund donates 100% of its profits to Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) and the Greater NW Chapter: National MS Society. BRI is dedicated to discovering the causes and cures for immune mediated diseases including a wide range of autoimmune diseases. The MS Society is dedicated to a world free of multiple sclerosis, a neurological autoimmune disease that stops people from moving and functioning in the most successful manner.

Board of Directors
Barbara Avery
Tracey Barnes
Sam Cunningham
Judi Rising
Richard Rising

General Council
Robert M. Foley
Marks Holmes Foley & Morales, P.S.
Advisory Board
Jane Buckner, MD
Terry Gernsheimer, MD

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The Pat's Fund mission

The mission of Pat's Fund is to educate, increase visibility and fund research related to the causes and cures of autoimmune disease.

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1 in 5 people live with autoimmune disease.
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When invaders attack your body the immune system goes to work. If things don’t go right healthy tissue can be targeted producing an autoimmune response. No one knows yet why this happens. There are no cures!

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