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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 13, 2019 11:00 AM
From: Senator Jay Costa
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Designating March 2019 as “Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution that would designate March 2019 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 1st, 2019 the National Hemophilia Foundation and its national charter organizations launched the fourth 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 SR62