Oklahoma Hemophilia Foundation
The Oklahoma Hemophilia Foundation (OHF) is set up to help families that are affected with bleeding disorders.
Hemophilia as well as von Willebrand disease is their focus. Like hemophilia, von Willebrand disease is a hereditary deficiency or abnormality of clotting factor in the blood. The non-profit foundation helps raise awareness of these bleeding disorders and helps affected families. OHF provides camps and holiday events to promote community among those who are affected. Beth Stallings, OHF Benefit Walk Chair, explains that they promote community so that the children affected don't feel alone or isolated. Stallings says that hemophilia is a non-curable bleeding disease and the cost of the medicine is extremely expensive. In the 1970s and 80s, before this medicine was used, many patients were treated through blood transfusions, contracted HIV, and died.
Saturday April 20th is the 3rd annual OHF walk. It's purpose is to raise awareness and to educate the public about hemophilia. The majority of the funds raised will help children go to camp. A portion of it will go to research. The 1.25 mile walk begins at 11am in Southwest Oklahoma City at South Lakes Park. They will have face painting, a dunk tank, and Chick-fil-A lunch.
Donations to OHF can be given on their website. Information about hemophilia and the OHF walk can also be found on their website. Next year the walk will be at Mohawk Park in Tulsa.