|With my heroes Vaughn Ripley and|
How appropriate to use Weisel to remind our community that if we do not watchdog our own interest,s we may be hurt--again. And this is why the theme of this year's meeting was "Nothing about us, without us." More and more, NHF (and HFA and other groups) are steering the interests of the community, from research, to data collection, to blood supply safety, to genotyping. We've come a long way in 20 years, and paid a hard price.
|Two more great guys! Derek Nelson and Chris Bombardier|
I'm happy to say we did acknowledge them, at the Save One Life Celebration on September 17 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Washington DC, just before NHF kicked off. It was a lovely event, with about 77 attendees, including donors and sponsors. We honored special people who have helped make Save One Life a success so far:
Over 1,300 people with hemophilia in 12 countries who live in poverty supported directly with financial aid
80 scholarships to foreign individuals since 2012
8 micro enterprise grants in 2014
Over $1.5 million in direct aid!
|Laurie with friend and colleague Val Bias,|
CEO of NHF
|Doug Loock, in red tie, who gave Save One Life|
our first ever grant in 2000
Best news of all? We picked up 30 more sponsored children as a result!
If you want to learn more or support a child, please visit http://www.saveonelife.net
|Laurie with Neil Herson, president of ASD Healthcare, accepting|
award for Chris Bombardier
|Martha with Jessica Swann, accepting award for Judi Faitek|
|Usha Parasarathy accepting award for|
Program Partner of Year
|Mike Rosenthal accepting award for Mark Skinner|
|Eric Hill, president of BioRx|
and Board Member
|Arwind Manohar of Baxter accepting|
award for Barry Haarde
Great Book I Just Read
Blood Meridian [Kindle]
The author of No Country for Old Men does it again. This is a masterpiece, an American classic, written with such skill and depth that you cannot skim, cannot rush; it has to be savored, thought about, explored. The main character, a young man only referred to as "the kid," runs away from home in the south and heads west in the 1800s. He meets many groups and characters, but ultimately joins a scalping posse, intent on capturing as many Indian scalps to sell as possible. Like many of McCarthy's stories, the theme is bleak, desperate, dusty and desolate, like the land the kid crosses. The main theme seems to be that evil lurks everywhere: there are no good guys or bad guys in the Wild West: just survival. And every single person, whether Indian, white, male or female, harbors evil deep within in the quest for survival. It's a somber read, but the writing style alone is like a delicate fabric of words, woven so that you see no seams, only a beautiful, dark, and captivating cloth; worth reading if you want to read something by a master. Five our of five stars.