Hemophilia of North Carolina

Since 1977, serving the people of North Carolina
affected by bleeding disorders.

260 Town Hall Dr., Suite A, Morrisville, NC 27560
1-800-990-5557 (toll free)
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Holiday Celebration

December 1, 2007

Santa Comes to Town

Santa comes to town!

On the first of December ninety-two of our community members joined together to attend the Hemophilia of North Carolina's 2007 Holiday Celebration in Greensboro.

During the first hour the adults had time to relax, enjoy some hors d'ouevres and visit with friends. The kids were busy making some fun crafts including a holiday photo frame, bookmarks, color-your-own 2008 calendars and getting "inked" with holiday tattoos! They also enjoyed a snowman "dart" board game (not real darts) and showed the group their fancy footwork on the dance floor.

Limbo, limboIn an effort to work up an appetite for lunch, two limbo contests were held – one for the kids and one for the adults. "How low can we go" was an easy task for the kids who managed to get under the bar at any height! The adults... well, that's a different story, but we have to give them a valiant applause for their wonderful effort. Tyronna Hooker limboed her way to first place with some pretty impressive moves!

A delicious lunch was then served followed by some enticing desserts.

Tim GramsAfter lunch, our keynote speaker, Tim Grams, shared some insights with the group about his personal journey. Tim is a Gettin' In The Game athlete from CLS Behring. He lives in Littleton, Colorado, and has severe factor VIII deficiency. Tim has earned numerous awards as a championship swimmer which include three school records while attending the University of Denver. In addition, Tim was a top-three finisher at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference for three years.

Taking time out of their busy schedule, Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by for a visit! Santa and the Missus Each of the kids took time to share their wish lists with Santa and everyone received a special holiday gift. Our special thanks to Santa and Mrs. Claus (alias: Terry & Becky Crotts) for making this such a memorable moment for the children.

All of the kids then received an extra treat of cars & trucks that were generously donated to us by Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Williamson. Jerry's sister Jean Poplin and Cheryl Hurst were on hand to make the smooth distribution.

Ed WilsonWe concluded the event with a special presentation to Mr. Ed Wilson for his years of dedication to HNC. Ed served in various positions on the Board of Directors, including President, for many years. Thank you Ed for your many years of service to the organization!

Although the kids left with arms full of goodies, each family was also given a "goodie bag" full of the latest books and information along with some sweet treats. All the items were packed in a handy shopping bag that was provided compliments of the Umstead Hotel and Spa. Our thanks to all of the companies and individuals who donated items for the gift bags. The books and DVDs that were made available included:

  • Raising a Child With Hemophilia by Laureen A. Kelley, produced and distributed by CSL Behring
  • I am Nate! by Chris Perretti Barnes, Produced by Bayer HealthCare and BioRx
  • Factor Fun! by Diane Horbacz, produced by LA Kelley Communications and sponsored by Hemophilia Health Services
  • Hemophilia Logic by Diane Horbacz, produced by LA Kelley Communications and sponsored by Wyeth and Factor Foundation of America
  • Teach Your Child About Hemophilia by Laureen A. Kelley, produced and distributed by CSL Behring
  • My Pet Virus by Shawn Decker, Copies courtesy of AHF, Inc.
  • Legacy – The Hemophilia of Yesterday by Matthew Dean Barkdull, produced by LA Kelley Communications and sponsored by Bayer HealthCare and Hemophilia Health Services
  • A Bright Future – Two-part DVD series by Inalex Communications, sponsored by Baxter
  • Additional copies of these books and DVDs are available through HNC. If interested, please contact us at (800)990-5557.

Best wishes to everyone for a very happy holiday season!

— The HNC Board of Directors

Our 2007 Holiday Celebration was made possible by a generous contribution from

CSL Behring

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