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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 31, 2018 12:39 PM
From: Representative Maureen E. Madden
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution that would designate March 2018 as “Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution that would designate March 2018 as “Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

In a collaborative effort beginning in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects, Developmental Disabilities, and Division of Blood Disorders teamed up to advocate for the official recognition of the month of March as “Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month.” This designation builds upon the actions of President Ronald Reagan who first designated the month of March as “Hemophilia Awareness Month” in 1986. The “Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month” initiative was established in part with the National Hemophilia Foundation and its 54 chapter organizations to raise awareness of all bleeding disorders and the importance of conducting research, educational outreach, and providing advocacy initiatives nationwide.

In 2016, as part of the “Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month” initiative, the National Hemophilia Foundation adopted the “Red Tie” as the official symbol of bleeding disorders, symbolizing the blood ties that bind the nearly 3 million individuals who are currently diagnosed as having a bleeding disorder in the United States.

On March 2, 2018 the National Hemophilia Foundation and its national charter organizations launched the third annual “Red Tie Challenge,” which is a national fundraising and awareness activity during which participants are encouraged to make a donation at RedTieChallenge.org, wear a red tie, record and share their best red tie styles on the internet, and challenge their friends to do the same and join the fight against bleeding disorders.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HR710