Navigation Links
CSL Behring Partners with Pro Supercross Racer Carl Schlacht to Encourage Those with Primary Immunodeficiency to be a "ChamPIon"

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CSL Behring has teamed up with Professional Supercross racer Carl Schlacht to launch This new online resource is part of the I am a ChamPIon campaign, a partnership that aims to raise awareness of primary immunodeficiency disease (PI or PIDD) while encouraging those with the condition to pursue their dreams despite the challenges that PI can pose. 

"PI is a genetic disorder that can have a dramatic impact on a person's ability to participate in daily activities due to a weakened immune system that leaves him or her vulnerable to common infections. If PI is left untreated, infections can occur – some severe enough to cause permanent and irreversible organ damage," said Dr. John Sleasman, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of South Florida. "While the condition is not curable, immunoglobulin treatments can help supplement the immune system to allow patients to lead active lives."

Carl is just one of approximately 250,000 individuals (or one in 1,200) diagnosed with PI in the United States. Race fans watching Carl perform high flying jumps and difficult maneuvers would never know that he requires a weekly subcutaneous infusion (i.e., under the skin) of immunoglobulin to manage his condition, which helps him stay healthy to compete at the professional level.

"Growing up I didn't know anyone else affected by primary immunodeficiency," said Carl, who was diagnosed with PI at a year old. "For this reason, I am encouraging everyone affected by PI to visit and post their 'ChamPIon' story. Collectively, we can support and inspire each other to pursue our dreams." 

In addition to providing an outlet for people with PI to share their stories, the I Am a ChamPIon website offers information about the condition and identifying the warning signs for diagnosis. At you can also watch a video of Carl on the race track and discussing his journey to becoming a professional Supercross racer despite PI.  

About Primary Immunodeficiencies   
Nearly 150 types of PIs exist. For individuals with PI, many of them children, infections may not improve as expected with usual treatments and may even keep returning. As a result, patients may face repeated rounds of antibiotics or hospitalization for treatment. Repeated infections can lead to organ damage, which over time can become life-threatening. Some infections, such as meningitis, may even result in death.

Collectively, PIs affect an estimated 10 million people worldwide. Due to the X-linked inheritance in many PI syndromes, more males are affected than females.  For more information on PI, please visit or contact the leading PI patient advocate groups in the U.S., the Immune Deficiency Foundation and the Jeffrey Modell Foundation.

About CSL Behring
CSL Behring is a leader in the plasma protein therapeutics industry. Committed to saving lives and improving the quality of life for people with rare and serious diseases, the company manufactures and markets a range of plasma-derived and recombinant therapies worldwide. CSL Behring therapies are indicated for the treatment of coagulation disorders including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, primary immune deficiencies, hereditary angioedema and inherited respiratory disease. The company's products are also used in cardiac surgery, organ transplantation, burn treatment and to prevent hemolytic diseases in newborns. CSL Behring operates one of the world's largest plasma collection networks, CSL Plasma. CSL Behring is a subsidiary of CSL Limited  (ASX: CSL), a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:
Greg Healy
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Communications
CSL Behring

Etanjalie Ayala
Weber Shandwick

Judy Welage
Weber Shandwick

Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. CSL Behring Data Shows 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate Is As Effective and a More Rapid Treatment for Vitamin K Antagonist Reversal Than Current Standard of Care
2. CSL Behring Study Confirms Early Treatment with Berinert® Provides Faster Resolution of Acute Hereditary Angioedema Symptoms
3. Medical Experts Who Participated in CSL Behrings Key Issues Dialogue Prefer Albumin for Fluid Management
4. CSL Behring Awards LEAD Grant to Patient Organizations to Educate Constituents on State Insurance Exchanges
5. CoreLab Partners, Medical Image Assessment Experts, Announces Its Entry Into the Early Alzheimers Imaging Market Space
6. Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI) and a-tune software, Inc. Partnership
7. Chimerix To Present At Therapeutic Area Partnerships Meeting
8. China Cord Blood Corporation Announces Completion of Strategic Partnership with Cordlife Group Limited
9. Mangrove Partners Agrees to Support Amended Transaction Between Nabi Biopharmaceuticals and Biota Holdings
10. Bluechiip Signs Strategic Partnership with Gentris Corporation
11. UBM Announces Partnership Agreement With Trade Organisation - SIPPO
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Parallel 6 , the leading software as a service ... Virtual Patient Encounter CONSULT module which enables both audio and video telemedicine communication ... , Using the CONSULT module, patients and physicians can schedule a face to face ...
(Date:6/24/2016)...  Regular discussions on a range of subjects including policies, ... entities said Poloz. Speaking at a lecture to ... he pointed to the country,s inflation target, which is set ... "In certain areas there needs ... economic goals, why not sit down and address strategy together?" ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... 2016 , ... UAS LifeSciences, one of the leading manufacturers ... Probiotics, into Target stores nationwide. The company, which has been manufacturing high quality ... list of well-respected retailers. This list includes such fine stores as Whole Foods, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... (Yeast and Mold) microbial test has received AOAC Research Institute approval 061601. , ... tests introduced last year,” stated Bob Salter, Vice President of Regulatory and Industrial ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:6/16/2016)... , June 16, 2016 ... size is expected to reach USD 1.83 billion ... Grand View Research, Inc. Technological proliferation and increasing ... applications are expected to drive the market growth. ... , The development of advanced multimodal ...
(Date:6/9/2016)... 9, 2016 Paris Police ... video security solution to ensure the safety of people and ... during the major tournament Teleste, an international technology ... services, announced today that its video security solution will be ... back up public safety across the country. The system roll-out ...
(Date:6/2/2016)... LONDON , June 2, 2016 ... has awarded the 44 million US Dollar project, ... Security Embossed Vehicle Plates including Personalization, Enrolment, and IT Infrastructure ... world leader in the production and implementation of Identity Management ... in January, however Decatur was selected ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):