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HFA Expresses Gratitude to Bleeding Disorders Community

November 25, 2020

With the pandemic and economic crisis still very present in our lives, a message of gratitude could be seen as a clich茅. Instead, they are at the core of my emotions as I tell you how thankful I am for this community. It is with sincerity that I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and express […]

Infusing Love: Boys to Men

November 25, 2020

  I have been 鈥淚nfusing Love鈥 into my son Marques for the past 18 years! I have not only been infusing him with factor, so his blood clotting levels are normal, but I have tried to infuse him with the education he needs to live a long life with hemophilia. I pray! As hemophilia moms, […]

Okay, So What Can We Do?

November 3, 2020

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead To find an example of the type of group Margaret Mead speaks about in her famous quote, look no further than our bleeding disorders community. From the 1990s with the passage […]

Infusing Love: The Other Side Effects

October 21, 2020

There are new bleeding disorder side effects cropping up all the time. By side effects, I mean the extraneous things we have to manage such as insurance, genotyping and product choice. In a time before all the advancements, a side effect was learning to be an IV nurse and find a vein on a toddler,聽 […]

Dear Addy: Ready to Vote

October 21, 2020

Dear Addy, It鈥檚 been an extremely stressful year due to COVID-19. Elections are coming up fast and I鈥檓 not sure what steps I need to take to vote. Any help? Ready To Vote Dear Ready, I agree this year has presented a lot of new challenges for everyone and learning new ways to cope. As […]

HFA, NHF, Hemophilia Alliance Request Additional Information Regarding Stimate Recall

September 14, 2020

Hemophilia Federation of America and the National Hemophilia Foundation continue to follow up on issues arising from the recent recall of Stimate (desmopressin) nasal spray, which is manufactured by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and distributed in the United States by CSL Behring. On September 3, HFA, NHF and the Hemophilia Alliance sent a new joint letter to […]

2020 Symposium Final Night Event Performance

August 29, 2020

A huge thank you to the performers who made HFA’s 2020 Symposium Final Night Event amazing! Learn more about these talented performers from around the world: Ben Seidman聽|聽Magician聽鈥 Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, Mindfreak, Magic Outlaws William Wei-Lang Lin聽|聽Diabolo 鈥 Cirque du Soleil 鈥婼teve Langley | Soap聽Bubble Manipulation聽鈥 Guinness World Records Michael Karas | Juggler聽鈥 […]

Infusing Love: We Are Strong!

August 4, 2020

Strong. Every January I reflect on the year to come. I chose a word based on something personal, either to myself or to our family. This year I chose the word: Strong. I chose that word specific to my goals for the year. I鈥檝e been a consistent runner since 2015. In fact, I love it […]

uniQure Announces License Agreement with CSL Behring to Commercialize Hemophilia B Gene Therapy

June 25, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a press release from uniQure. Read the press release in its entirety here. uniQure N.V., a gene therapy company advancing transformative therapies for patients with severe medical needs, announced that uniQure and CSL Behring have entered into a licensing agreement providing CSL Behring with exclusive global rights to etranacogene […]

Pfizer and Sangamo Announces Updated Phase Result

June 18, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Pfizer. Read the press release in its entirety here. Pfizer Inc. and Sangamo Therapeutics Inc. announced updated follow-up data from the Phase 1/2 Alta study of giroctocogene fitelparvovec (SB-525, or PF-07055480), an investigational gene therapy for patients with severe hemophilia A. All five patients with […]

Sanofi and Sobi Donate up to 500 million Additional IUs of Clotting Factor

June 15, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Sanofi. Read the press release in its entirety here. Sanofi and Sobi™, together with the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and WFH USA, announced an extension of their support of the WFH Humanitarian Aid Program with an additional donation of up to 500 million IUs […]

Infusing Love: Prepared But Not Prepared

April 15, 2020

  As bleeding disorder parents, we are planners. We love to know what, how and when something is headed our way, and we will be prepared. We have been disaster relief preparing since day one. We have hospital/ER bags ready to go at a moment鈥檚 notice. Even during this age of smart phones, we have […]

Infusing Love: Sentirse Empoderado

April 1, 2020

Saludos a todas las madres que, como yo, tienen en su vida y en sus corazones una persona muy especial que llena sus d铆as de felicidad. Les contar茅 un poquito sobre mi vida. Crec铆 en una familia donde la hemofilia estaba en nuestro diario vivir. Esto me hizo ver la condici贸n como algo normal. Mi […]

Diplomat Statement on COVID-19

March 27, 2020

The following is a statement provided by Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group. “Living and working through a global pandemic 鈥 the coronavirus (COVID-19) 鈥 is an event none of us has experienced in our lifetime. As the situation continues to evolve, we want you to know that your Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group team will be here […]

Hemlibra Supply and Coronavirus Update

March 21, 2020

The following is a press release from Genentech. “The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak a global pandemic. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to everyone who has lost loved ones, to patients and healthcare professionals battling this devastating outbreak. With multiple countries implementing measures to slow the spread of the virus, based […]

Infusing Love: Sharing Our Hemophilia

March 11, 2020

I will never compare my bleeding disorder to my son鈥檚 鈥 I will however share it with him. It wasn鈥檛 until I had a pretty significant brain bleed that I even paid attention to the fact that I have a bleeding disorder, that wasn鈥檛 until I was in my fifties and my son was an […]

Bayer Statement on Availability of Factor VIII Products Amid 2019-nCoV (Novel Coronavirus)

March 5, 2020

Bayer has issued the following statement regarding the supply and availability of Bayer’s Factor VIII/Hemophilia A products in the wake of the聽2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus) outbreak:

Infusing Love: Camp Time

February 12, 2020

Even though I have never attended camp, and had no idea what it was all about, I did not want my son, my only child, to miss out on the experience. The first time Omar attended camp; he was just 7 years old. He looked so sad and didn鈥檛 want to stay, but we all […]

Infusing Love: When Hemophilia Makes You Feel Different

January 23, 2020

My son, Jackson, is nearing his 12th birthday. For our family, hemophilia is genetic. so Jackson has been dealing with his diagnosis since birth. We鈥檝e been very open about his bleeding disorder since he was little; sharing and educating our family, friends and teachers. We are fortunate in that he can feel a bleed before […]

Infusing Love: Remembering the HIV Crisis

December 18, 2019

  Do you remember the first time you heard about HIV or AIDS? Now it鈥檚 common to hear of it and you probably know people that have HIV. It was the early ’80s when I first heard of HIV, there wasn鈥檛 even a name for it yet. I was sitting in my truck during a […]

Infusing Love: Unstoppable Resilience

November 26, 2019

My dad taught me how to box and dance salsa; with these two skills鈥攕alsa and boxing鈥擨 learned how to defend myself and to never give up. I learned to always take notes on movements and to dance my way to resilience. Have you ever had the biggest hiccup that you just couldn鈥檛 get rid of? […]

Infusing Love: Keys to the Kingdom

October 30, 2019

Over the last several years, I have been focused on the idea of transition and independence as Thomas speeds through his adolescence. While he will always be my little boy, I simply have to face the facts that this six-foot, 16-year-old will be making decisions for himself and his healthcare in short order. There have […]

Infusing Love: Stand Up to Bullying

October 23, 2019

  October is National Bullying Prevention Month. For older moms, we think of bullying happening at school and after school in the neighborhood. But the unfortunate reality is that there is now the addition of bullying at home through social media and texts.聽 Historically, many have referred to bullying as a 鈥渃hildhood rite of passage.鈥 […]

Genentech Issues Statement on Hemlibra Particles; MASAC Responds

October 7, 2019

Today, Genentech provided the following statement regarding reports of particulate matter in vials of Hemlibra. You can read Genentech鈥檚 statement below, and can read comments on the statement from NHF鈥檚 Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC). The events of the past several months, including today鈥檚 announcement by Genentech, underscore the importance of the joint Safety […]

Mes de la Herencia Hispana: La Intimidad en Pareja

October 7, 2019

Por: Andy Anderson Para 驴Mujeres con trastornos hemorr谩gicos? 驴Parejas donde los hombres tienen trastornos hemorr谩gicos? 驴Padres sin trastorno hemorr谩gico pero un ni帽o o ni帽a que s铆 tiene un trastorno hemorr谩gico? Es su derecho decidir c贸mo, cu谩ndo, por qu茅 y a qui茅n divulgar detalles sobre su estado de salud; esto incluye amistades, as铆 como relaciones rom谩nticas […]

HFA & NHF Discuss Bayer Recall with FDA

October 7, 2019

HFA and NHF are pleased to share a brief update with the community concerning a recent meeting we had with the FDA as well as a number of additional resources that the FDA provided after the call.聽 HFA and NHF will continue to update the bleeding disorders community as any further information develops. Please note […]

Infusing Love: La comunicaci贸n con nuestros hijos e hijas

September 25, 2019

  Tener una buena comunicaci贸n con nuestros hijos e hijas no siempre es f谩cil.聽 Para esto es imprescindible saber estilos adecuados de comunicaci贸n para conocer a nuestros reto帽os m谩s, para saber lo que piensan, para entenderlos m谩s y para saber c贸mo se sienten.聽 De hecho, la comunicaci贸n entre padres e hijos es esencial para fomentar […]

Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Salud Mental en Hombres Latinos con Hemofilia, una Realidad Invisible

September 24, 2019

En pleno siglo 21 luchamos con la pobre educaci贸n y conocimiento que se tiene sobre la Hemofilia u otras enfermedades cr贸nicas padecidas en hombres. A esto le sumamos las creencias sobre roles y masculinidades que invitan a los hombres a no atender su estado de salud emocional. Existe un discurso social predominante a trav茅s de […]

Infusing Love: Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

September 18, 2019

Ver abajo para espa帽ol I鈥檓 pretty sure everyone in Puerto Rico remembers where they were when they heard of the planes crashing on the twin towers in New York. I was at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, studying for my second bachelor鈥檚 degree in music. I was sitting in the hallway trying to […]

Hemophilia Federation of America names VP of Advancement as Interim President and CEO

September 4, 2019

Sept. 3, 2019 After the recent resignation of long-time President and CEO, Kimberly Haugstad, Hemophilia Federation of America has named its Vice President of Advancement, Sharon Meyers, as interim President and CEO. Meyers, who began her role on Sept. 1, brings a wealth of experience to the position while HFA鈥檚 board of directors finds a […]


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