WAYNE, N.J., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To commemorate World Hemophilia Day, Bayer HealthCare has announced the expansion of its unique interactive program, the Virtual Walk for Hemophilia (www.walkforhemophilia.com), now in its second year. The Virtual Walk is an innovative contest that raises awareness and money for bleeding disorder organizations across the U.S. and globally.
Once again, Bayer is asking people to virtually walk online for the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) and its local participating chapters. For 2012, the program incorporates new elements to keep the excitement growing. To help sweeten the pot, one of the new features is on the day of a participating NHF chapter's physical walk, any virtual walker created will count as "two."
Also, Bayer is providing sponsorship funds to five local participating NHF chapters vs. three chapters last year, as well as maintaining its pledge of funds to the national office of NHF. In addition, the company is providing up to $7,000 in sponsorship funds to Save One Life, a non-profit group that offers people and organizations the opportunity to sponsor a child or adult with a bleeding disorder in a developing country. In total, Bayer will award up to $70,000 in sponsorship funds in the contest's second year.
"We've seen first-hand the value of Bayer's Virtual Walk. The program helped raise national awareness for bleeding disorders, and we believe it contributed to an increase in the number of people who participated in our live walk event," said Cindy Komar, executive director, Arizona Hemophilia Foundation, which placed first in last year's virtual walk. "We look forward to being part of the competition this year and mobilizing our community."
"The Virtual Walk was a great achievement in its inaugural year with more than 15,000 virtual walkers," said Leslie Donato, Vice President/General Manager, Hematology, Bayer HealthCare. "The program clearly demonstrates Bayer's commitment to the hemophilia community and to continually create innovative programs and services."
World Hemophilia Day, celebrated on April 17, was introduced 24 years ago by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) in honor of its founder Frank Schnabel. It honors his achievements and extends his mission to improve global care for people with bleeding disorders. As it does every year, Bayer celebrates World Hemophilia Day through its participation in a 5k walk in Berkeley's Cesar Chavez Park, Calif., banked by beautiful views of San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco Bay Area is the home of Bayer's Berkeley manufacturing facility.
About Hemophilia A
Hemophilia A, also known as factor VIII deficiency or classic hemophilia, is largely an inherited bleeding disorder in which one of the proteins needed to form blood clots in the body is missing or reduced. Hemophilia A, the most common type of hemophilia, is caused by deficient or defective blood coagulation proteins, known as factor VIII. Hemophilia A is characterized by prolonged or spontaneous bleeding, especially into the muscles, joints, or internal organs. Approximately one in 5,000 males born in the United States has hemophilia.
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