Imagine being born with a bleeding disorder and not having the support or education to manage it? This is what many haemophiliacs face and why the Haemophilia Foundation Australia (HFA) started the Red Run Classic.
Not many people realise how common haemophilia is, and the condition itself can be mild, severe or in some cases, even life-threatening.
Some facts about haemophilia:
- Although it affects predominantly males, women carry the gene and can experience bleeding issues.
- In Australia there are more than 5,800 people with haemophilia, von Willebrand disorder or other related inherited bleeding disorders.
- Haemophilia occurs in 1 in 6,000-10,000 males internationally.
- Currently in Australia there are around 3,000 people with varied degrees of severity.
- There are two types of haemophilia
You may not be aware that in one third of all cases, families have no previous history of haemophilia and for these families in particular, the diagnosis can feel overwhelming. Having your child diagnosed at birth can seem devastating and this is where the HFA can step in with the necessary support as often, haemophilia will mean many trips to hospital and treatment centres. Therefore, having access to the latest education, resources and medical facilities means that children living with haemophilia can grow up to lead normal active lives.
Of course, to provide all this, the HFA needs the ability to purchase equipment, build appropriate treatment centres and build a team of experts. So if you are keen to support, get yourself down to New Farm Park on Sunday May 17 and participate in the Red Run Classic.
The Red Run Classic is a fundraising run (or walk) for both the Haemophilia Foundation Australia and Haemophilia Foundation Queensland. It’s the perfect opportunity to have fun, increase your overall fitness and help people in need — all at the same time. Come down and join hundreds of other women, men, teenagers, children and families who will be gathered on the day to make a difference in their own way.
It doesn’t just have to be a light-hearted run either. If you are a serious competitor, the course is timed, so you can choose to make the Red Run Classic one of your big events. But for many of us, it’s a much more appealing idea to walk with your family and friends for the morning.
The Red Run Classic began back in 2007, and has now become a key running event in Brisbane’s competitive fun run calendar. In 2010 the Red Run Classic saw nearly 650 professional runners and families complete either the 5km or 10km timed run around New Farm Park and along the Brisbane River.