The Official Newsletter of the Florida Hemophilia



The Official Newsletter of the Florida Hemophilia
The Official Newsletter of the Florida Hemophilia Association
5th Annual Walk in the
Executively Speaking
Page 2
NHF News
Page 5
Community Corner
Page 7, 10, 13
MAY 2, 2015
Jungle Island
FHA Resource Center
Page 19
Registration/Check-In: 7:00am
Walk Start Time: 8:30am
Men’s Program-Hollywood
March 15
5th Annual Walk
in the Jungle
May 2
Dolphin Day Camp
June 12
June 18
Boggy Creek
July 6-11
32nd Annual Family Education
July 16-19
Teen and Young Adult Retreat
July 31-August 2
Please consider making a donation this month
to our Walk in order to celebrate and honor
all those with bleeding disorders
For questions, contact FHA at (305) 235-0717 or email us at [email protected]
Happy New Year! We’re off to a great start for
2015 with some exciting new programming for
you and your family. Please check out the
website for upcoming programs and activities
that we will be offering throughout the year.
Our biggest fund-raiser of the year is just around
the corner! Now in its fifth year, the Annual
Walk in the Jungle is on Saturday, May 2 at
Jungle Island. So lace up your tennis shoes and
register your team and get started on your fund-raising goal! The
walk website is already up and running so register your team today. I
did! If you’re not ready to start up your own team, you can participate
in ours by joining the Florida Hemophilia Association Blood Drops.
The walk is an activity that families and people of all ages can enjoy.
It’s also proven to be our biggest fund-raiser that affords us the
opportunity to provide you with annual programs such as, the Family
Education Symposium, Mother’s Brunch and Dolphin Day Camp.
Through events like our walk, golf tournament and Volley for Cure we
continue to come together as a community and educate the general
public about bleeding disorders.
Feliz Año Nuevo! Empezamos con un gran comienzo para el 2015 con una
nueva programación emocionante para usted y su familia. Por favor,
consulte el sitio web para ver los próximos eventos y actividades que
tendremos durante todo este año.
Nuestro mayor evento para recaudar fondos del año está a la vuelta de
la esquina! Ahora en su quinto año, la Caminata Anual ‘en la Selva’ es el
sábado 2 de mayo en Jungle Island. Así que póngase sus zapatos
deportivos, registren a su equipo y empiecen a trabajar para alcanzar su
meta de recaudación de fondos! El sitio web ya está funcionando de
manera que pueden registrar su equipo hoy. Yo ya lo hice! Si usted no
está listo para crear su propio equipo, puede participar en el nuestro
uniéndose al equipo ‘Blood Drops’ de la Asociación de Hemofilia de la
Florida. La caminata es una actividad que las familias y personas de todas
las edades pueden disfrutar. También ha demostrado ser nuestro mayor
evento para recaudador fondos que nos brinda la oportunidad de
ofrecerle programas anuales, tales como, el Simposio de Educación
Familiar, Almuerzo para las Madres y el Campamento de Dia de Delfines.
A través de eventos como nuestra caminata, el torneo de golf y ‘Volley for
a Cure’ nos seguimos uniendo como una comunidad y educamos al
público sobre enfermedades sanguíneas.
Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank everyone who
supported FHA in 2014. We couldn’t have done it without your
support! You made it possible for us to continue our mission of serving
the bleeding disorder community in Florida and providing programs
and services throughout the course of the year. Below is a chart that
describes how funds were distributed for 2014 and a list that
highlights the many individuals, corporations, and donors who
supported our worthwhile cause.
Por último, pero no menos importante, nos gustaría dar las gracias a
todos los que apoyaron a la FHA en el 2014. No pudiéramos haberlo
hecho sin su apoyo! Ustedes han hecho posible que nosotros
continuáramos nuestra misión de servir a la comunidad con
enfermedades de sangre en la Florida y ofrecerles programas y servicios
a lo largo de todo el año. A continuación se muestra una tabla que
describe cómo se distribuyeron los fondos en el 2014 y una lista de los
muchos individuos, corporaciones y donantes que apoyaron nuestra
benemérita causa.
I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Espero verlos a todos pronto!
Debbi Adamkin
FHA Executive Director
Debbi Adamkin
Directora Ejecutiva de FHA
Thank You for Your Generosity
FHA gratefully acknowledges our donors who have so generously contributed to us in 2014
$25,000 and Over
$15,000 - $24,999
Biogen Idec
CSL Behring
Novo Nordisk
$10,000 - $14,999
CVS Caremark
$5,000 - $9,999
Coram Specialty Infusion
Emergent BioSolutions
Hemophilia Alliance Foundation
Kedrion Biopharma
Walgreen’s Infusion Services
$1,000 - $4,999
At Home Infusion Service
Jorge & Diana Azor
Bob & Beth Carlin
Elise Boston
Community Bank of Broward
CSL Behring Foundation
Matrix Health
TJX Foundation
Soleo Health
Wingmen Foundation
Joseph Ziegler
$100 - $999
211 Broward
Stacy Acker
Debbi Adamkin
Iris Adler
Advanced Service Solutions,
Karen Alba
Allstar Auto Body Inc.
Alma Foundation
Ivette Alvarado-Leiderman
Jinniva Alvarez
American Elite Health Group
Ellen Amigo
Barney Amos
Kathleen Andersen
Atlas Metal Industries, Inc.
Joseph Baechler
Ray Bailey
Ghada Ballout
Bank of America Foundation
Andrea Barattini
Peter Barken
Valerie Barnhart
Veronica Barragan
Ana Maria Barrantes
Dr. Luis Barreras
Ilene & Stan Barshay
Michael Bartlett
Belen Jesuit Prep School
Homeroon 8-4
Sally Berenzweig
Margaret Berndt
Robert Black
Enrique Blanco
Janet Blitz
Blue Wave Communications
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Denis Caldora
Terry Campbell
Rebecca Carballo
Barbara Castano
Paul & Daniela Cepeda
Val & Francine Cerutti
The Cesta Family
CityReach Technologies, Inc.
Leslie Clark
Timothy Clark
Community Bank of Florida
David Confessor
Sabrina & Madison Cooke
Thomas Coon
Rafael & Michele Coquis
Dominic Cozzolino
Ken Crandall
Steven Davis
James DiLorenzo
Charles F. Dionne
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Heather Weinbrum
Max Weintraub
Scott & Jo Weston
Ken Wiesenfeld
Scott Wise
Zen Builder
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Zuckerman Brothers, Inc.
$1 - $99
Paulette Aaronson
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Marlo Agold
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NHF News • WINTER 2015
Plant-Based Inhibitor Therapy
Continues to Evolve
cientists from the University of Florida in Gainesville (UF-G) and the
University of Pennsylvania (U-Penn) continue to investigate an
experimental, plant cell-based approach to preventing inhibitors and allergic
reactions (anaphylaxis) to clotting factor therapies in people with hemophilia. An
update on their progress was published online, December 16, 2014, in Scientific
American, a division of Nature America, Inc.
Lead investigator Henry Daniell, PhD, director of translational research at the UPenn School of Dental Medicine, and Roland W. Herzog, PhD, a molecular
biologist at UF-G, have, for several years, been working on a technique that
involves encapsulating an orally administered “tolerance-inducing protein” such
as factor IX (FIX) within plant cell walls. When ingested, the bio-encapsulated
protein safely travels through the stomach before reaching the small intestines.
The plant cell wall shields the FIX from being prematurely broken down by
stomach acid. Eventually, microorganisms eat away the cell wall, gradually
releasing the protein.
Building on earlier studies (2010) that successfully used bioengineered tobacco
plant cells to prevent inhibitors and anaphylaxis in mice with hemophilia B (FIX
deficiency), Daniell and Herzog are now turning to freeze-dried lettuce leaf cells
engineered to trigger a high concentration of FIX. Each lettuce leaf cell contains
approximately 10,000 chloroplasts, each structured in such a way to hold very
large volumes of the FIX protein. Chloroplasts are subunits of plant cells, most
often known as crucial components of photosynthesis. Although these
chloroplast-rich plant cells are not equipped to prevent bleeding--plants are
unable to make human clotting factors biologically active--they have shown an
ability to induce tolerance in the immune system to FIX. Researchers have been
developing this novel therapeutic approach for several years to create potential
vaccines against malaria and cholera, and genetically engineered insulin to help
prevent diabetes.
Daniell and Herzog recently took the next step and tested this approach in two
dogs with hemophilia B. They fed both dogs their normal food along with the
engineered lettuce cells converted into a green powder form. There have been
no reports of anaphylaxis or inhibitors in the mice from the earlier study or in
the dogs that recently received the plant-based therapy. “So far, it’s going very
well,” reported Daniell. If this novel oral therapy continues to prevent treatment
complications in animal models, the next step will be to replicate that success in
human clinical studies.
Fuente: Scientific American, 16 de diciembre de 2014
Tratamiento a base de plantas contra los inhibidores
continúa evolucionando
ientíficos de la Universidad de Florida en Gainesville (UF-G) y la
Universidad de Pensilvania (U-Penn) continúan investigando un método
experimental basado en células vegetales para prevenir la formación de
inhibidores y las reacciones alérgicas (anafilaxia) contra los tratamientos con
factores de la coagulación en personas con hemofilia. El 16 de diciembre de 2014,
se publicó en Internet (en Scientific American, una división de Nature America,
Inc.) una actualización del progreso que han tenido.
El investigador principal Henry Daniell, PhD, director de investigación aplicada
en la Facultad de Odontología de U-Penn, y Roland W. Herzog, PhD, biólogo
molecular de UF-G, han estado trabajando, durante varios años, en una técnica
que consiste en encapsular una “proteína que produce tolerancia” administrada
por vía oral, tal como el factor IX (FIX), dentro de las paredes celulares de
plantas. Al ingerirla, la proteína bioencapsulada transita de manera segura a
través del estómago antes de llegar al intestino delgado. La pared celular vegetal
evita que el ácido estomacal degrade el FIX antes de tiempo. Finalmente,
microorganismos devoran la pared celular, lo que permite la liberación gradual
de la proteína.
Tomando como base estudios anteriores (2010) que usaron con éxito células de
tabaco manipuladas mediante ingeniería biomolecular para prevenir la
formación de inhibidores y anafilaxia en ratones con hemofilia B (deficiencia del
FIX), Daniell y Herzog están actualmente usando células de hojas de lechuga
liofilizadas genomanipuladas para desencadenar una alta concentración del FIX.
Cada célula de hoja de lechuga contiene aproximadamente 10,000 cloroplastos,
cada uno estructurado de forma tal que puede contener grandes volúmenes de
la proteína del FIX. Los cloroplastos son subunidades de células vegetales,
conocidos mayormente por ser componentes cruciales de la fotosíntesis.
Aunque estas células vegetales ricas en cloroplastos no pueden prevenir las
hemorragias (las plantas son incapaces de fabricar factores humanos de la
coagulación que sean activos), han demostrado una capacidad para inducir
tolerancia del FIX en el sistema inmunitario. Los investigadores han estado
desarrollando este novedoso método de tratamiento durante varios años para
crear posibles vacunas contra el paludismo y el cólera, e insulina modificada
genéticamente para ayudar a prevenir la diabetes.
Daniell y Herzog recientemente pasaron a la siguiente etapa y pusieron a
prueba este método en dos perros con hemofilia B. Les dieron a ambos perros
su alimento normal junto con las células de lechuga genomanipuladas, en
forma de un polvo verde. No se ha notificado anafilaxia ni inhibidores en los
ratones del estudio inicial ni en los perros que recientemente recibieron el
tratamiento a base de plantas. “Hasta ahora, está marchando muy bien”,
reportó Daniell. Si este novedoso tratamiento oral continúa evitando las
complicaciones del tratamiento en los modelos con animales, el siguiente paso
será reproducir este éxito en los estudios clínicos con seres humanos.
Fuente: Scientific American, 16 de diciembre de 2014
Fundraising: You Can Do It Too!
I am the mother of two boys who both have severe hemophilia
A, the youngest with an inhibitor. I work full time, so when Debbi
Adamkin suggested I create a team, become the captain and start
fundraising for the Walk in the Jungle, I was a little overwhelmed
and a lot terrified. I felt I was crazy for even contemplating this.
Who doesn't love CANDY?!?! I even had special requests for
specific candy bars and healthy snacks too. Back to the store I
How in the world was I going to raise money??? When do I
have the time???
YARD SALE! I raided my closet, cleaned out the boys’ room,
and even asked for friends and family to donate items to sell.
Instant hit! I held three yard sales and raised a pretty penny. In
the end, my first year fundraising was a success. Fundraising is
fun! I get to advocate for hemophilia, talk and mingle with
people that I normally wouldn't and
make new friends. We had 32
members on our team that year. We
doubled our team goal and raised
$2,000. I was amazed at what I was
able to accomplish. I realized that
unless you try, you'll never know. I
have patients at my job asking when
I'll be selling candy again. I have
family asking when the next walk is.
I doubted myself in the beginning, but
in the end, I realized I have more
support than I would have ever
known if I had not gotten involved. In being involved in the
bleeding disorders community and all the educational and fun
programs that FHA offers, it feels amazing to know that I'm giving
back, while teaching my kids that hard work pays off and can
actually be fun.
I bit the bullet and went in head first. I spend all my time
working at a doctor's office, so that's where I started. I went to a
wholesale warehouse store and purchased all kinds of different
candy bars, gummies, and snacks,
set them up on my desk at work
along with a brochure that I made
with pictures of my boys explaining
hemophilia and the walk details.
Almost every patient was interested
in supporting the cause by buying
candy and some people even
donated money. The doctors I work
for also contributed. At the end of
the first week, not only did I sell out
of candy, but I actually made a nice
profit. It was really easy, so I
decided to go to the other offices in the building during my lunch
break. I would pass out brochures to the offices and asked if they
would like to participate in the walk and join our team or if they
would like to support us by donating. To my surprise, almost every
office made a donation and EVERYONE bought candy.
I was hooked. I started thinking… hmmm… how could I
raise more money?
By Victoria Fralllicciardi (11) and Marialex Penso (11)
n Sunday, December 6th, our school organized the annual
St. Agnes Academy Christmas Bazaar where vendors sell
all kinds of merchandise and visitors buy their Christmas
presents. We rented a table in advance without knowing exactly
what items we were going to sell, but we did know was that the
money collected would go to The Florida Hemophilia
Association. After deciding on making handmade jewelry, our
mothers who were in Peru for a business trip, helped us out by
picking out unique Peruvian accessories, materials and tools
that were necessary in making cute bracelets and necklaces.
We designed bracelets with threads made up of a variety
of colors and textures. They had beautiful charms and
inspirational words and we sell them at very competitive
prices. In order to create some exclusive bracelets, we cut
up our school uniform skirts into thick strings and gave
them a touch of our own style. We sold more than 100
pieces and everybody was thrilled with them and even after
the Bazaar ended, we continued selling to other customers
in and out of the school. Once we realized how fun this
experience was and knew how much money we raised,
we are looking forward to doing this again in the future.
We choose to donate to The Florida Hemophilia
Association to support Martin (Frallicciardi) and all of
those who suffer from bleeding disorders.
We hoped that we inspire others to make a difference in
helping those with hemophilia around the world.
Victoria and
raised $870
Victoria’s brother, Martin, suffers from Hemophilia A (severe).
Both Victoria and Marialex had participated in previous fundraising
events to support the HEMOPHILIA WALK / Team Martin.
atalia Fonseca and some of her friends started the Lunch
4 A Cure Group in 2012 as a way to support kids in
their home country of Brazil. She reconnected with Robyn
Salk on Facebook after seeing that her daughter, who Natalia
used to babysit, had been diagnosed with hemophilia. Robyn
told her about the upcoming Walk and even though she
couldn’t make it to Jungle Island, Natalia knew she had to
support it in honor of Carly. But how would she do it?
In Brazil, it is common to have a big lunch and serve
traditional foods. The group thought this would be the perfect
way to bring everyone together and support a cause. They hit
the ground running and went to local businesses to ask for
donations and they found that people were happy to give. Some
gave food, some gave raffle prizes and some even made
donations! Then, they had to figure out how to get people to
come to this lunch. Natalia talked to her friend who is a web
designer and she made a great flyer. But how would she
promote it? Facebook! Since it was where she reconnected with
Robyn, she thought it would be the perfect place. In the first
year, she was nervous and concerned that the group had taken
on too much. But all of those nerves were put to rest when the
event turned out to be a success!
Three years later, the Lunch 4 A Cure has raised over $3,000
to support the Walk in the Jungle and the group couldn’t be
happier about their success. Natalia gets so emotional when she
talks about it because she has grown to really understand the
difference it makes in the lives of people with bleeding
disorders. Each year, when she calls Robyn to report how much
they’ve raised, it brings tears to their both of their eyes. Natalia
and the Lunch 4 A Cure group are a wonderful reminder of
how when people set their mind to something and come
together, great things can happen!
Second Annual
State Legislative Day
n February 11 and 12, the Bleeding Disorder
Coalition of Florida (BDCF) hosted its second
annual State Legislative Day. Volunteers from all
across Florida took Tallahassee by storm to meet with
their local representatives and senators at the State
Capitol. Everyone arrived the night before for a
training dinner, where representatives from NHF and
the Hemophilia Federation of America gave an
overview of the legislative process and tips for
effectively communicating with legislators. The next
day, everyone went to their scheduled appointments.
Legislative days are important to our community
because they ensure that the voice of bleeding
disorders community is being heard! Each year that
we travel to Tallahassee, we build relationships with
legislators and put a face to our cause, which is vital to
ensuring our voice is heard. If you are interested in
advocacy and the BDCF, please email Debbi at
[email protected] to get involved.
FHA is proud to announce a brand new program
for teens and young adults ages 15-21.
Be on the lookout for more information!
150 Australian Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Look out for registration packets in the mail!
Please email
[email protected]
to request forms or for more information.
We are excited to announce that we are once again
accepting applications for the
Daniel L. Carlin Memorial Scholarship!
FHA will be awarding a total of three (3) $1,000
scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Two (2) of these scholarships are designated for
people who are diagnosed with a bleeding disorder.
One (1) of these scholarships is designated for a
parent of a child diagnosed with a bleeding disorder.
Applications must be received by June 1, 2015 in
order to be considered for a scholarship.
Awards will be dispersed directly to the institution.
For more information, please contact Debbi at
[email protected]
for the application packet.
FHA ResourceCenter
The Florida Hemophilia Association, Inc (FHA) is a Not-for-Profit organization that is
dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the bleeding disorders community by creating
programs and services that provide education, emotional support and advocacy. We are
contributing toward research to ultimately find a cure.
All Children’s Outpatient
Care Clinic
Pediatric Cancer and
Blood Disorders Center
601 5th Street South,
Third Floor
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 767-4931
Center for Children’s
Cancer and Blood
Disorders at Arnold
Palmer Hospital
for Children
92 West Miller St., MP 318
Orlando, FL 32806
Phone: (321) 841-8588
Joe DiMaggio
Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Specialty Center
1150 N. 35th Ave.
Suite 520
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: (954) 986-2234
Lee Memorial Hospital
Department of Pediatric
Hematology & Oncology
9981 So. Healthpark Dr.
Suite 156
Ft. Myers, FL 33908
Phone: (239) 332-1111
Nemours Children’s
Clinic, Jacksonville
Department of Pediatric
807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: (904) 697-3789
(904) 697-3600
University of Florida
Department of Medicine
Adult Hemophilia
P.O. Box 100277
Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone: (352) 265-0725
University of Florida
Pediatric Hematology/
P.O. Box 100296
Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone: (352) 273-9120
Nemours Children’s
Clinic, Orlando
Department of Pediatric
13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
Phone: (904) 697-3789,
(904) 697-3600
Sacred Heart Pediatric
Hemophilia Program,
Phone: (850) 416-7712
St. Joseph’s Children’s
Pediatric Hematology
Oncology Out-patient
3001 W. Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 554-8294
or (813) 321-6820
The University of Miami
Hemophilia Treatment
Pediatric Clinic Location
Alex’s Place at Sylvester
1475 NW 12th Avenue
Suite C103
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: (305) 689-7210
Adult Clinic Location
1611 NW 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: (305) 243-6925
USF Adult Hemophilia
Department of Internal
12901 Bruce B. Downs
Boulevard, MDC 19
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 974-1325
Do the 5
1 Get an annual comprehensive check-up at a hemophilia treatment
center. 2 Get vaccinated – Hepatitis A and B are preventable.
3 Treat bleeds early and adequately. 4 Exercise to protect your
joints. 5 Get tested regularly for blood-borne infections
Florida Hemophilia
Association Office
(888) 880-8330
Jon Salk
Executive Director
Debbi Adamkin
(305) 235-0717
[email protected]
National Hemophilia
(800) 424-2634
Hemophilia Federation
(800) 230-9797
LA Kelley
Communications, Inc.
Free resource material on
(978) 352-7657
LIFE LINE is the official
Newsletter of the Florida
Hemophilia Association.
It is produced quarterly and
distributed free of charge to
requesting members of the
bleeding disorder community.
Florida Hemophilia
Association Headquarters
915 Middle River Drive, Suite 421
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
Toll Free: (888) 880-8330
Newsletter Committee:
Debbi Adamkin, Maria Rubin,
Roxana Ambrosini, Roxanna Delgado
Design and Production:
Group M, Advertising & Design
Florida Hemophilia Association
(Formerly known as Florida Chapter, NHF)
915 Middle River Drive, Suite 421
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
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Community Corner, please submit your stories to
Debbi at [email protected]
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