HFA Press Release: HFA Collaborates with COTT Offering Travel Scholarships to Survivors' Reunion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2009
 The Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) will collaborate with the Committee of Ten Thousand (COTT) by offering a total of 33 travel scholarships for members of the Blood Brotherhood Program to attend COTT’s twentieth anniversary celebration and survivors’ reunion.  The celebration will be held at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC, October 2 & 3, 2009.
 “The HFA is pleased to have been awarded $15,000 in support of travel scholarships to be awarded to Blood Brothers to attend the upcoming meeting.  We thank Baxter for its support of the bleeding disorders community today.  With these scholarships, we are able to provide many of our Blood Brothers of limited resources a way to come together to connect with other survivors.  It is our honor to work together to do what we can to enable individuals to connect,” states Kimberly Haugstad, HFA Executive Director.
 COTT is a grassroots, peer-led, education advocacy and support organization for persons with HIV disease. Many of COTT’s constituents are individuals with hemophilia who contracted HIV/AIDS from tainted-blood products who also participate in the HFA Blood Brotherhood Program aimed at providing social support, health information and skills to improve the health of the adult males with hemophilia and von Willebrand.
For more information about COTT visit:  www.cott1.org
The Hemophilia Federation of America is a national 501(c)(3) organization consisting of 30 member organizations and numerous individual members who offer assistance and grassroots advocacy on behalf of the bleeding disorders community.   Incorporated in 1994, the HFA provides programs and services to improve the quality of life for persons with hemophilia and von Willebrand disease (VWD).
For more information, visit our website at hemophiliafed.org or call 1-800-230-9797
HFA Contact: Susan Swindle, Development Director      Phone: 713-203-8548         Email: s.swindle@hemophiliafed.org