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Graham Slater receives prestigious award for his work for the OA/TOF community

We are delighted to announce that TOFS Trustee and Honorary Secretary Graham Slater has been selected as the recipient of the EURORDIS Volunteer Award 2022.

This prestigious award was given in recognition of Graham’s long commitment to international collaboration in the rare disease domain, his leadership and drive to ensure that all rare disease patients, regardless of where they live, can benefit from the sharing of good practices and the development of new or improved surgical techniques.

Graham recently co-authored TOFS, “Towards a holistic model for the treatment of those born with Oesophageal Atresia (OA) from diagnosis to transition and adult care” position paper.

The award judges said, “The EURORDIS Volunteer Award recognises the outstanding contributions and dedication shown to the rare disease community and to EURORDIS as a volunteer. It acknowledges Graham’s commitment to rare diseases and his work with TOFS, the Esophageal Atresia Global Support Group (EAT), ERN ERNICA and different EURORDIS working groups.
The significance of your input and action in the rare disease field cannot be overstated, and we believe you are a truly deserving recipient of this award.”

Graham will be presented with his award at an online ceremony on Tuesday, 8 February 2022 and TOFS would like to acknowledge the time and commitment he has dedicated to being a staunch advocate of the rare disease community.

About the awards

The EURORDIS Black Pearl Awards is an annual awards ceremony that takes place every February to celebrate advancements in the rare disease field. Since 2012, EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe has organised this event to recognise the major achievements and outstanding commitment of patient advocates, patient organisations, policy makers, scientists, companies and media who strive to make a difference for the rare disease community.

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