Founder and President
One of my greatest satisfactions is seeing members of our hemophilia community--especially young adults--step up and out to prove what is possible in their life while helping their peers in developing countries.
I am proud of 28-year-old Chris Bombardier, a person with severe hemophilia B, who just became the first person with hemophilia to summit Mt. McKinley--the highest peak in North America--on July 6. This three-week expedition is the most technical yet in his Seven Summits Quest to climb the highest peak on each continent. Through his effort he helped to raise nearly $30,000 for Save One Life. I sincerely thank Gold sponsor ASD Healthcare, BDI Pharma and George King Biomedical for sponsoring Chris's climb!
|Chris Bombardier making his way up Mt. McKinley on his Denali Quest|
On June 7, LeadUP! volunteer Shawn Whelan, also 28, raised nearly $2,000 for our Smile on Summer hemophilia camp fund by organizing "Waves of Compassion," a day of surfing lessons on Huntington Beach in California. Shawn is a medical student with severe-moderate hemophilia A. In addition to raising funds for camp, Shawn volunteered at the hemophilia camp in the Dominican Republic July 4-7.
Shawn Whelan with a
Speaking of smiles, Save One LIfe is now a participating charity in the AmazonSmile program. When you make purchases through smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Save One Life. We are dedicating all the proceeds of this program to our Smile on Summer hemophilia camp fund. So, all those summer novels you buy can help needy kids have a blast at camp. I've already joined!
Laurie Kelley and the team at Save One Life
|Chris Bombardier at the summit of Mt. McKinley, July 6, 2014 |
First person with hemophilia to summit
July 6, 2014
A Visit to Nepal
|Ujjwal Bhattarai distributing funds to a beneficiary in Kathmandu, Nepal |
Ujjwal Bhattarai, father of a child with hemophilia and chairman of the board of Save One Life, visited the Nepal Hemophilia Society (NHS) in his home country on June 28.
Ujjwal met more than half of the 77 families that are sponsored by Save One Life. For those families who live outside of the capital city of Kathmandu, representatives of their local chapters came.
Ujjwal distributed sponsorship funds to everyone gathered, and also explained Save One LIfe's evolving vision to include activities that focus on more sustainability--including scholarships and micro-enterprise grants--in addition to sponsorship.
Five graduates of Save One Life's sponsorship program are now successfully employed after competing for public service sector jobs. Other former beneficiaries have entered the workforce as health assistants and small business owners. Some are studying to become engineers. Ujjwal remarks,"This is a matter of huge pride for Save One Life to be able to impact lives of people with hemophilia successfully."
A follow-up meeting with board of directors of NHS allowed for an exchange of ideas - from requirements of transparency and accountability in the nonprofit world to how the society can better serve the needy via Save One Life by building a stronger organization.
Camp Ray of Hope
S.T.A.R. Children Relief, our program partner for Romania, received a $2,500 grant from our Smile on Summer hemophilia camp fund to help 50 campers attend Camp Ray of Hope free of charge during the first week of July. One activity was a field trip to a nearby Lippizan horse farm and the famous Brancoveanu Monastery, with a stop off for lunch.
To see fun photos and videos of this year's camp, click here
|For many of these campers, |
pizza and Coke is a once-a-year treat!
To help a child go to camp,
donate to our Smile on Summer Camp Fund
Richard and Mary Miller
We thank this current sponsor who took an additional beneficiary:
|Alok Arjun Singh of India looks forward to your sponsorship!|
Thank you for your work!
Having access to great doctors and health insurance has been an incredible blessing for us, and one that I never take for granted. Being involved, even in a tiny way, with providing care to a 6 year old who does not have those things is wonderful for us. It has helped my children gain in empathy and expand their world view. It has helped them to feel grateful for the healthcare we have.
We, as a family, are so glad that Save One Life is seeking out individuals and families who struggle to handle the same issues we ourselves are going through. It breaks my mommy heart to imagine my son suffering a bleed that I cannot stop, especially when I know what a simple process it is to give an infusion.
|James and Erin Kilts|
I pray you never stop your work, and that we are able to take on more beneficiaries in the future. Thank you, thank you!
Erin Kilts, Saginaw, MI
Chris Bombardier became the first person with hemophilia to summit North America's highest peak, Mt. McKinley, on July 6.
Many thanks to these individuals and organizations for helping Chris to reach his fundraising goal of $30,000!
Jason Blyth and Becky Lamken
Gerald and Beverly Bombardier
Daren and Tracy Hallock
Brandon and Victoria Hartman
Andrew and Valerie Hawks
Jay and Beverly Labe
(in honor of Gerald and Beverly Bombardier)
Derek and Krisdee Nelson