My name is Megan and I’m a Director in Internal Firm Services at PwC in Houston. I was diagnosed with common variable immune deficiency in 2001. This condition means constantly fighting off infections that someone with a normal immune system would be able to easily overcome, weekly infusions of antibodies from plasma donors, and always being cautious of the environments I am in. Living with a chronic disease means I will never be “done” with treatment. These are realities I will live with for the rest of my life.
“I am passionate about raising awareness and funds for my disease.”
Despite my therapy schedule and a few surgeries along the way, I have not let the diagnosis define who I am or limit me from accomplishing my goals. The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) has provided me with significant disease education and support through their online community, peer educators, local meetings and national conventions. I attended my first IDF convention in 2008, where I met others living with a primary immunodeficiency for the first time and found camaraderie in their experiences.
Some of the world’s leading research on immune deficiencies is happening in Houston and I’m thankful to live and work just a few miles away. I’ve recently taken a leadership role as Houston’s Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency Chairman. I am stepping out of my comfort zone into the areas of fundraising and development. Recognizing my passion to raise awareness and funds for my disease, my PwC colleagues were generous contributors to my fundraising efforts for the first IDF walk in Houston. I became the top fundraiser in Houston and one of the top fundraisers across the country. I also earned a $1,250 Dollars for Doers grant from the PwC Charitable Foundation for the IDF, which has helped support the nonprofit’s mission.
I remain committed to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of those with primary immunodeficiency diseases through advocacy, education and research.Go back to the “Stories” page