Hemophilia Society plans second Run For It event
The P.E.I. chapter of the Canadian Hemophilia Society is finalizing plans for its second annual Run For It event.
The run will be held on April 18 and will start and end at the Green Valley Market on Rte. 2 in Milton. Registration is at 9 and the run will begin at 10 a.m. It will start at the market and move up Rte. 2, with about half of the run taking place on the Confederation Trail.
JoAnn Craig, president of the Canadian Hemophilia Society, said the run is an attempt to raise both money and awareness for those living with inherited bleeding diseases such as hemophilia.
“We are doing it for those who can’t and trying to raise awareness at the same time.”
This will probably be the society’s only major fundraiser this year and money raised will help with things such as travel expenses for people living with bleeding diseases who have to travel for treatment, as well as a children’s summer camp, said Craig.
“The key thing is that the money that is raised here stays here.”
Craig also wants the public to know the run is for people of all ages and abilities. She said there will be both seven-km and 10-km routes and participants can walk if they wish.
“There will be volunteers at each corner and refreshments at the end.”
Craig, whose husband and daughter both have severe hemophilia, estimates there are about 30 people currently living on P.E.I. with hemophilia and other inherited bleeding diseases.
She said both she and her husband will be participating in the run.
“My 7-year-old daughter will also be participating in the run.”
Craig said she also wants to spread information about the diseases for those not yet diagnosed.
She said things such as strange bruises or heavy bleeding from extracted teeth could be signs and people with these symptoms should see a doctor about being tested for the diseases.
“It’s just a blood test.”