The Bleeding Disorders Alliance of North Dakota (BDAND) is a non-profit organization created to bring together individuals and families from North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota who are affected by genetic bleeding disorders. Due to advances in modern medicine, some of the customers that you interact with every day may be afflicted with a bleeding disorder without your knowledge. This lack of observable symptoms does not mean that bleeding disorders do not drastically affect a person’s life. Hemophilia, a bleeding disorder affecting 1 in 8,000 men, is extremely expensive with an average yearly cost of over $100,000 for medicine used for routine management.
Even with the proper medicine, bleeding disorder patients are unable to play contact sports and are discouraged from partaking in other activities. This does not mean that these patients are unable to live active lives. In fact, one of BDAND’s efforts is demonstrating to children how to live active and healthy lives while keeping their bleeding disorder under control.
Bleeding disorders can also cause stress to the families of those affected. Another core mission of BDAND is to bring families together to bond over the common link that they share. Meetings and activities that bring families together are valuable in creating friendships and a support network for those facing the task of managing and treating a bleeding disorder.
All proceeds raised by the BDAND Walk will support our mission to enhance the quality of life for everyone within the bleeding disorders community by providing programs and services for education, advocacy, and emotional and financial support.