Each year Hemophilia Federation of America honors the service of special individuals who have gone above and beyond in support of the bleeding disorders community. HFA’s 2020 awards were presented during a virtual ceremony on Aug. 25, 2020. HFA celebrates these individuals.
Terry Lamb Health and Wellness Award
This award is for exceptional commitment to supporting HFA in its national efforts to encourage health, nutrition and wellness behaviors in the bleeding disorders community. The award is named after Terry, who had severe hemophilia and was an active member of the bleeding disorder community and a respected leader. Terry grew up in Virginia during the 1950s when treatment and resources were quite limited. However, Terry never let the struggles of life bring him down and regularly mentioned his father as his inspiration. He was a true gentleman that regularly brought out a smile in others. His sweet southern charm touched countless people. Terry often cited his active lifestyle as the reason he rarely had bleeds later in life and tirelessly encouraged others to do the same.
Living with severe hemophilia has not stopped Chris Bombardier from reaching his goals. Goals that are quite literally some of the “highest” one can set. Chris is the first person living with hemophilia to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents – Mount Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, Vinson Massif and Carstensz Pyramid, raising funds for Save One Life Inc. each step of the way. Chris is an incredible role model for those living with a bleeding disorder and is now one of only 450 climbers in history to complete the seven summits – and the only one with hemophilia.
Throughout his journey, he has raised awareness of what living with Hemophilia means in developing countries and is an inspiration to people living with bleeding disorders across the globe. It’s an honor to present the Terry Lamb Health and Wellness Award to Chris Bombardier.