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8607 Roberts Drive, Suite 150 Sandy Springs, GA 30350-2237


Horizons in Hemophilia August 2009


August 2009  

HoG Awards Scholarships
Twenty-five students received John Youtsey Memorial Scholarships from Hemophilia of Georgia for the 2009-2010 academic year. Read profiles of some of these outstanding students. 

Governor Issues Executive Order to Establish Hemophilia Study Panel 
On July 29, 2009, Governor Sonny Perdue issued an Executive Order appointing a Hemophilia Study Panel. This action follows his May 11 veto of Senate Bill 159, The Hemophilia Advisory Board Act. In a statement accompanying his veto, the governor said, "I will issue an Executive Order to establish an advisory board similar to the one contemplated by SB 159." While there are similarities between the legislation and the Executive Order, the differences are substantial and troubling to the bleeding disorder community.  Read more about the new study panel.


Congratulations to Mario, HoG's Newest Mighty Sticker!
Eight-year-old Mario successfully demonstrated proper self-infusion technique this summer at Camp Wannaklot.  Read more about Mario.

Camp Wannaklot Receives Outstanding Support
Camp Wannaklot received generous support of nearly $30,000 for the 2009 camping program, held last month at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia.  Read more about Camp Wannaklot and see pictures of some of our campers.

2009 Teen Institute - Action Brings Change
Team Jams, Family Groups and Pep Rallies brought together five Hemophilia of Georgia (HoG) youth leaders to the Action Brings Change Institute (ABCI) at Oxford College, June 15th-17th. As a part of the HoG youth leadership initiative, the Generation of Heroes, teens are selected to participate in this 3-day leadership camp. Read more about the Teen Institute.


Alex the Big Time Reader!

Some people take power walks and some people do power yoga. There are people who even take power naps! Alex D., age 11, is a power reader!  He recently broke a reading record for the fifth grade at Oakwood Elementary School in Oakwood, GA. Read more about Alex.

Be Prepared - Make Sure You're Ready!
This article, written by the mother of a son with severe factor VIII hemophilia, helps you prepare for an emergency or disaster.  Learn more about how several agencies are working together to make sure your medical information is safe and available when you need it most.  Read the article PDF.

Why is it Important to Fill out New Client and CAP Forms?
Clients who are new to Hemophilia of Georgia’s pharmacy are asked to compete and return several important forms.  You may wonder what these are all about and why they need to be filled out.  Read about the importance of New Client and CAP Forms.


Question: What Is Red, White and Blue and Has a Medal Hanging From It?
Answer: Will C.’s reward for placing 1st in the boys age 8 and under free-style swimming championship, held recently at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center in Gainesville. Will, who has severe hemophilia, is beginning to see the possibilities of being Olympic-bound, said his mother, Elizabeth.  Read more about Will.

School In-Service Presentations
HoG offers school in-services because it is important that teachers and school officials feel comfortable knowing what to do for a bleeding problem, instead of calling 911 for a minor problem or, at the other extreme, failing to let parents know about important concerns about their child’s health. Even if your child is returning to the same school, he/she might have a new teacher(s) or a new school nurse. They may just need reminders of what to do to prevent bleeding problems and how to respond appropriately when they do have a problem. Read more about School In-Service Presentations.

Common Pain Reliever Usage Recommendations Updated
People who have bleeding disorders frequently use Tylenol, generic acetaminophen or other pain medications which contain acetaminophen (e.g. Vicodin and Percocet) for pain relief.  However, taking too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage, especially if you are using a combination medicine such as Percocet and taking more than the recommended dose.  Read more about using pain relieving medication.

HoG offers Yoga Retreat for Women
If you are a female HoG client, please join us in October for a weekend retreat!  While learning a yoga sequence tailored just to women, you will also learn new ways to manage the physical and emotional symptoms associated with your bleeding disorder. SPACE IS LIMITED! Learn more about the Yoga for Women with Bleeding Disorders Retreat that will be held at the Evergreen Stone Mountain Resort.

A House in the Trees
A new tree house opened this summer at Camp Twin Lakes!  Our campers enjoyed this new addition and its amazing features, such as an observatory, green roof, boardwalk, and slide. Sitting next to one of the lakes, this wheelchair accessible tree house is as spacious as it is beautiful. Read more about the tree house.

New from HoG
A Treatment Calendar to print at home.

Factor Hints 
Read an updated list of factor hints from the HoG pharmacy.

Clinic Schedules
View the Clinic Schedules for the Georgia Hemophilia Treatment Centers.

Physician-to-Physician Hotline
Provide the Physician-to-Physician Hotline telephone number to doctors who have questions about treating people who have bleeding disorders.

Recent Client Dinner Photos
View an assortment of photos of families who attended HoG client dinners in the past few months.  

Help HoG While You Shop
HoG is participating in Macy's Shop for a Cause on October 17.  Get your shopping pass today

Camp Twin Lakes to Host 4th Annual Spin for Kids The fourth annual Spin for Kids bike ride is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 2009 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia. Camp Wannaklot needs your support and HoG would like to encourage you and your family and friends to participate in this event.  Learn more about Spin for Kids.

Hemophilia of Georgia is not engaged in the practice of medicine and does not endorse or support any particular factor concentrate or treatment protocol. HoG recommends that you consult with your physician prior to starting any course of therapy. Occasionally HoG disseminates information on new treatments or therapies. HoG shares this for informational purposes only and makes no claim as to its accuracy or effectiveness.