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Volunteer Spotlight: No Brighter Star

April 24, 2017

Each year, the HFA staff recognizes the national spirit and remarkable volunteerism for HFA with the #bleedingdisorders community. As #VolunteerAppreciationMonth comes to a close this week, we will be recognizing award winners from #HFA2017. Today, we remember Star Tyree, a long-time HFA supporter, volunteer, and friend.   Starlyn (Star) Tyree was a former Executive Director […]

What is Helping Hands?

January 5, 2017

By Elaine Chan, MSW, MPH At any point, families living with a bleeding disorder can experience financial hardship because of their medical situation. HFA’s Helping Hands Program has become a safety net for thousands of families throughout the years. Helping Hands has provided many families with assistance for expenses like housing, utilities, and transportation. In […]

Helping Hands: Housing Expenses

April 20, 2016

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. […]

Infusing Love: It’s Like Riding A Bike

September 23, 2015

I’d like to make something very clear: I’m not one of those people who wake up in the morning dying to go for a bike ride! It’s more of a sigh, I guess I should go ride my bike… I first heard about Gears for Good from my friend, Diane. She told me about a […]

Helping Hands: Housing Expenses

September 8, 2015

In 2014, HFA’s Helping Hands program assisted 275 households and distributed over $124,00 in direct aid to families in the bleeding disorders community! Of those 275 households helped in 2014, we assisted 95  families/individuals with their housing expenses. Read how one family benefited from this vital program… I cannot thank Helping Hands enough for what they did for my family. Last […]

Helping Hands: Giving Back to the Community

September 8, 2015

  “Thank you so much for all your assistance. I appreciate all your organization does for the hemophilia community. -Helping Hands recipient About HFA’s Helping Hands Program:  Helping Hands is a unique financial assistance program that provides individuals and families within the bleeding disorders community with basic living expenses. It was designed to be a rapid, non-invasive, temporary […]

Helping Hands: Housing Expenses

September 19, 2014

“Thank you so much for all your assistance. I appreciate all your organization does for the hemophilia community. -Helping Hands recipient, 2012 “In late July, a single mom with two young children was referred to Helping Hands to assist in paying her rent after a recent hospitalization of her son with moderate hemophilia A. At […]

Helping Hands: Durable Medical Items

September 12, 2014

[glossary_exclude]   “Thank you for your financial assistance so that we were able to add a chair lift. Prior to installation, I had numerous falls which were injuring to my knees causing decreased stability and mobility. Since the chair lift installation, I have not had a fall and my knees are strengthening and I have […]

A Critical Safety Net from the Past to the Present

September 8, 2014

Helping Hands is a unique financial assistance program that assists individuals and families within the bleeding disorders community with basic living  expenses. It was designed to be a rapid, non-invasive, temporary resource for emergency situations and provide a foundation for future financial stability. In 1997, HFA started the Helping Hands program when it noticed there was an unmet need within […]

A Family’s Struggle with vWD

September 20, 2013

I am a single mom of three; all with special needs. My son has severe speech problems, my youngest daughter has mild von Willebrands, and oldest daughter has severe von Willebrands, food allergies, and experiences seizures. My daughter’s frequent and heavy nose bleeds lead doctors to perform four surgeries on her nose. My daughter was not responding […]

A Bleed and No Money

September 12, 2013

I am a single mom with two sons with mild Hemophilia B. We receive public assistance through a state program and the eligibility requirements include 20 hours of community service each week. Normally, my sons’ hemophilia is controlled but one day my 10 yr. old son received a cut on his finger. I bandaged it […]

A Long Hospital Stay

August 29, 2013

We are all in this Together… “Thank you to all that make the Helping Hands program possible. Thank you for helping our family.” My youngest son has severe hemophilia A. He bleeds internally very frequently and lives in a lot of pain.  He misses 5-7 days of school each month because of his constant bleeds, […]


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