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Living With Hemophilia

More than 3 million Americans have a bleeding disorder.

There are more than 3 million people in this country living with a bleeding disorder—a chronic illness that prevents the blood from clotting normally. This can result in excessive bleeding after injury, surgery or trauma and can even be fatal if not treated effectively. Although millions are affected, many still don’t know much about bleeding disorders, and one man is on a mission to change that.

Val Bias, CEO of the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is committed to making the community aware of the effects of hemophilia—the chronic bleeding disorder he has battled since infancy. Although his journey with hemophilia has not been easy, Bias has managed to beat the odds and continues the fight to raise awareness about bleeding disorders.

After Bias acquired Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV from various blood transfusions (an often necessary treatment for hemophilia), in 1992 his first wife passed away due to HIV-related complications. Since then, he has been committed to doing the work he does today to educate the community. Through an exciting new initiative, the Red Tie Challenge, Val and the NHF continue the fight for more research, education, legislation, and funding for those living with bleeding disorders.

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