The annual Unite for Bleeding Disorders Denver Walk held on August 26th at Sloan's Lake in Denver, Colorado, was an extraordinary event that showcased the incredible strength and unity of the bleeding disorders community.
Organized by the National Bleeding Disorders Foundation Colorado Chapter, the event brought together hundreds of individuals, families, friends, and supporters to commemorate the resilience of those impacted by bleeding disorders. Notably, Shannon Mauler, Director of Operations and Business Development at Equinox HIT, has been a steadfast supporter of the walk since 2016. Her continued advocacy, awareness-raising, fundraising, and presence on the Bruised Brothers team have showcased her unwavering dedication to the cause.
A Community United: The 2023 Unite Walk
More than a mere fundraising event, the 2023 Unite Walk was a day of recognition and celebration of the bleeding disorders community's challenges and achievements. Participants gathered on the north side of Sloan's Lake for the 14th Annual Unite for Bleeding Disorders Walk. The event aimed to bridge the gap between those with bleeding disorders and the broader community, fostering a supportive network that extends beyond medical treatment. The funds raised before, during, and after the walk play a pivotal role in supporting vital programs and services tailored to the needs of individuals living with Hemophilia, von Willebrand Disease, and other bleeding disorders.
Supporting a Worthy Cause
The funds generated from the Unite Walk were directed towards several essential initiatives aimed at supporting the Colorado Bleeding Disorders Community:
Promoting Patient Advocacy and Blood Safety: Ensuring that every individual receives the advocacy they deserve and that blood safety remains a top priority.
Supporting Families in Need: Aiding with medical bills, travel to treatment centers, and essential medical devices to alleviate the financial burden on families
Providing Quality Education and Awareness: Offering educational and awareness programs throughout the year to spread knowledge about bleeding disorders.
Building a Strong Support Network: Creating a sense of unity and understanding by offering a support network to community members.
Raising Awareness: Increasing public awareness about bleeding disorders to combat stigma and misconceptions.
A Day to Remember
The event was packed with excitement. Refreshments were generously provided by CSL Behring before and after the walk, featuring delectable treats from LaMar's Donuts, Starbucks, and Santiago’s. The event had a lively DJ, activities for all ages, and was dog-friendly, making it a warm and inclusive atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
The walk started with recognizing the teams and individuals who have supported the community, including top fundraisers. The pinwheel ceremony followed, wherein the pinwheel's colorful blades served as a powerful symbol of unity. Just as the blades come together to create a dynamic whole, individuals, and supporters from all walks of life unite to champion the cause of bleeding disorders. The pinwheel represents the idea that unity brings strength, and every step taken toward understanding and advocacy contributes to the wind that propels the pinwheel forward.
A Bright Future Ahead
The 2023 Unite Walk marked a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to support and uplift the bleeding disorders community. The solidarity shown by participants and supporters reaffirmed the belief that together, they could profoundly impact the lives of those facing these challenges. As the event concluded, it was evident that the walk had achieved more than fundraising. It has strengthened bonds, raised awareness, and shown that positive change is not just possible with determination and unity – it's inevitable.
Support the Cause
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The 2023 Unite Walk in Denver, Colorado, was a testament to the power of community, the strength of unity, and the resilience of the human spirit. Through fundraising, advocacy, and celebration, participants and supporters came together to make a difference in the lives of those affected by bleeding disorders.