Founder and President
Spring has arrived at last! It has already been a busy season for Save One Life.
I am happy to announce the success of our Child-A-Day campaign, which ran through Hemophilia Awareness Month to World Hemophilia Day on April 17. We exceeded our goal by 16% with 36 new sponsorships!
Save One Life staff have been in the field to visit program partners in the Philippines and Honduras while I made a brief stop in Nairobi, Kenya to visit the Jose Memorial Haemophilia Society. I also met our 20-year-old scholarship recipient, John Wambua Mueni, who, in addition to studying for a diploma in art and design, has won medals for his competition in disability sports races.
Laurie with scholarship recipient John Wambua Mueni
While I was in Australia to attend the WFH Congress, cyclist Barry Haarde was making his way across the United States to raise funds for Save One Life. He is such an inspiration: despite having hemophilia, HIV and a knee contracture, Barry was determined to reach his goal--an example to us all!
There are two opportunities to continue support of Save One Life coming in June!
Board member Chris Bombardier will scale Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak, to raise $30,000 for core services (to learn more and donate, click on Denali Quest). LeadUP! volunteer Shawn Whelan will give surfboarding lessons to raise $2,000 for our Smile On Summer hemophilia camp fund (to learn more and donate, click on Waves of Compassion).
We are honored by the dedication of individuals like Barry, Chris and Shawn to further our cause. We thank all their supporters, as well as our sponsors, corporate donors and program partners, for making our work possible!
Laurie Kelley and the team at Save One Life
|Barry Haarde with Martha Hopewell and Justin Lindhorst at Tybee Island, Georgia|
Wheels for the World: Big Wheels Keep on Turnin'
on your third successful cross-country ride!
120 miles/day average
2,904 total miles
A Visit to Five Program Partners in the Philippines
|Martha with 16-year-old |
The Philippines is Save One Life's second largest
country, with five program
partners and more than 215 beneficiaries ranging in age from 73 to 3!
On March 29 executive director Martha Hopewell traveled to the Philippines for two weeks to encourage our program partner volunteers and visit beneficiaries.
The first stop was to meet Raymund Nanos and Jeffrey Rodriguez of Blood Brothers Aid. Both have severe hemophilia A. Jeff had an active bleed in his leg as we traveled for two days to visit families in Manila and hemophilia patients in the Philippine General Hospital. The first day we were joined by Andrea Trinidad Echevez, one of the only women diagnosed with von Willebrand Disease in the country (her teenage daughter, Star, also has VWD) and Dan Markham, a volunteer who works in the US pharmaceutical industry.
Martha, Andrea and Dan were also hosted for dinner by the board of directors of HAPLOS Foundation at the home of the Sarmenta family. HAPLOS is our second largest partner, with 64 beneficiaries throughout greater metro Manila.
Two program partners are located in the Visaya Islands--Little Children of the Philippines (LCP) in Dumaguete and HAPI-C in Cebu. LCP serves vulnerable children in the province of Negros Oriental. Save One Life is part of its Handclasp program. Martha traveled up the coast with our key contact and an enthusiastic group of beneficiaries to visit families.
A happy reunion with beneficiaries Eric Diacamos (right) and the Hortelano brothers (right to left)--Keith, Vonn and Xerxix.
The boys' mother works in Dubai to support the family.
HAPI-C is Save One Life's largest program partner in the country, serving 72 families in the vicinity of Cebu City and beyond, including Leyte Island, where the devastating Typhoon Haiyan hurricane struck in November 2013. Fortunately, our hemophilia families stayed safe. Martha traveled with a crew from HAPI-C to Carcar City, where she met our oldest beneficiary, Leonardo Fernandez, 73, and his mother in her nineties!
Martha also traveled to the island of Mindanao to visit HACDO in Cagayan de Oro. In addition to meeting beneficiaries at a special Sunday gathering, she traveled to Balingasag to spend the afternoon with her beneficiary, Nheil Fernandez and his family.
|The Fernandez family, including beneficiaries Nheil and his older twin brothers, Ariel and Noel. |
Brave Hearts in Honduras
|Tricia at the Hospital Escuela with Maria del Carmen and Dr. Peña |
The Honduras Hemophilia Society became a program partner in 2010, where we currently have 25 beneficiaries. Similar to many hemophilia organizations, it was founded in 1987 by a passionate mother who refused to accept that her hemophilic son couldn't live a full and healthy life. Since then, Maria del Carmen Agurcia has been a beloved leader of the hemophilia community for her tireless advocacy, encouragement and compassion.
Executive director Martha Hopewell and sponsorship manager
Tricia Sico made a three-day trip to Honduras at the end of April to meet Maria del Carmen, volunteer Wilmer Rodriquez Nunez, (a person with hemophilia), and beneficiary families living in the city
|Tricia with eleven-year-old twins Brayan Ariel (r) and Brayan Daniel |
Their trip began with a visit to
the public teaching hospital, where Maria del Carmen is fortunate to have the dedicated support of pediatric hematologist Dr. Armando Peña Hernandez and his hematology/ oncology team.
They proceeded to visit five families dispersed throughout
this hilly and traffic-laden city, culminating with a visit to the Society's office on the third day to learn more about their advocacy work and outreach. Maria del Carmen has estimated there are about 800 people with hemophilia in Honduras, 200 of which have been identified. The Society's top goal is to find the remaining 600. Later families arrived to meet the visitors from Save One Life. Martha interviewed each beneficiary while Tricia diligently took notes. They offered gifts, which Maria del Carmen had helped select, to each beneficiary and parent.
Martha reviewing schoolwork with nine-year-old Javier Reyes
Tricia and Martha with Honduras beneficiaries.
Brad and Erin Davis
Brandon and Victoria Hartman
Daniel and Allison Reiver
Roy and Barbara Vicory
We thank these current sponsors who took additional beneficiaries:
|Abdullah Ashraf of Pakistan looks forward to your sponsorship!|
Many thanks to these individuals and organizations for your generous support!
Dwane and Lily Johnson
Robert and Priscilla Labbe
Sangre de Oro Hemophilia
Mary Frances Swank
Sponsors who have been with Save One Life since 2009
BDI Pharma (Rich Gaton)
Jan and Rose Bult
Chris and Angela Castaldo
Anneth Edberg Hassling
Hemophilia of Iowa
Tamberly L. Lieber
Craig and Kelly Mears
Neil and Susan Malone
Mary Gooley Hemophilia Ctr.
Ujjwal and Rojina Shakya
James and Joan Sotherden
Western PA Hemophilia Chap.
Kari Smith Woolf
To Patrick Schmidt:
I would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is immensely appreciated. It helps me to provide for my purchase of my basic needs and medication. Your kindness and everything you have done means the world to me.
We are sad to announce that 10-year-old Abdulazeez Shehar of Nigeria passed away on May 5 while receiving treatment for malaria. He lived with his mother and three brothers--all with hemophilia--in a small city called Lere in the north of the country.
We also lost 15-year old Satish Kumar of Coimbatore, India to a severe G.I. bleed on April 14. He lived with his mother, who supported him by working as a house maid. Our thoughts are with her.
Every beneficiary who leaves us is remembered on our