Running over obstacles to raise Awareness for Porphyria


Merideth McGinley

Merideth McGinley is a new APF member but is already a very active one.  Merideth says that the main goal of her fundraising event is to raise as much awareness for porphyria as possible.  Merideth says, "My last visit to the hospital really opened up my eyes to how little medical professionals really know about the disease.  If my fundraiser can help just one person has an easier experience with getting diagnosed then I will feel like I truly accomplished something."  She goes on to say, "When I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with Acute Intermittent Porphyria.  Since being diagnosed in 2008, I have been in and out of the hospital and it has made me realize many people along with medical professionals do not know what Acute Intermittent Porphyria is or how to treat it.  Read more…


I have decided to run in the Warrior Dash on August 3rd in order to raise money and awareness about this disease. Read more about the Warrior Dash at All donations made on my APF FirstGiving  web page will go to the American Porphyria Foundation which is dedicated to raising awareness along with improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by Porphyria. All donations are greatly appreciated and can be made right through the APF FirstGiving site or by sending a check or credit card donation to the APF by calling Toll Free  866.APF.3635”


FirstGiving is a web platform that the APF has provided for Fundraisers and Awareness campaigns to make it easy for you and your contributors to use for promoting your campaign and accepting donations that go directly to the APF.

There is no cost to you to set up a Fundraising page under the APF account.

Visit to donate to Merideths Warrior Dash fundraiser and to become familiar with the First Giving platform.

 To set up a free Awareness/Fundraiser page go to



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