In 2015, HFA’s Helping Hands program assisted 295 households and distributed over $124,00 in direct aid to families in the bleeding disorders community! Of those 295 households helped in 2015 we assisted 90 families/individuals with their housing expenses.
Read how one family has benefited from this vital program:
I cannot thank Helping Hands enough for what they did for my family. Last year was a rough year for my son who have severe hemophilia with an active inhibitor. We have learned through the years how to manage his hemophilia and the inhibitor. Something changed around the middle of the year last year. There were lots of bleeds, swollen joints, and mobility problems. We had to travel back and forth to the Hemophilia Treatment Center so many times. There were tests, procedures, endless appointments, and several hospitalizations. There were times where I felt like we live in a hospital more than our home, which was also a couple hours away. Besides worrying for my son, I also have several kids that needed my care. My husband and I would take turns to accompany our son as we juggle with our jobs. With family support, we tried our best to make ends meet.
Late in the year, my son had a serious complication that caused him to get hospitalized for over 3 weeks. My husband and I literally had to drop everything so we can be with our son. And we got behind on our bills. Eventually, my husband returned to work because we know we would be in bigger trouble if the bills don’t get paid. We started catching up to our bills, but we needed some extra help with our house bill. Helping Hands helped us with it, and I can’t me more grateful. Now, we are at a stable place with our son’s health and we are continuing to be a working family making ends meet.
In 2015, HFA is hosting three Gears for Good bike rides to raise funds to support Helping Hands.
In June, riders will cruise along the Farmington Trail in Avon, Connecticut for the third annual regional Gears for Good: New England bike ride.
On September 23–25, riders from around the country will bike 156+ miles in the sixth annual Gears for Good bike ride from West Virginia to Washington, DC. In both bike rides, riders will have the opportunity to connect while raising awareness and funds for community members in need.
Then, on October 15, we are proud to partner with the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation to tackle 50 miles on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath in Cleveland!