A Watertown woman and her son who suffer from a blood clotting disorder will he raising money for a walk for The New England Hemophilia Association.
Heather Hoiseth has Von Willebrand’s Disease and said it is passed on from parent to child.
“My late mother passed on Von Willebrand’s Disease to my brother and I, and we then passed it on to our children,” Hoiseth said. “I have 1 son and he has 3 daughters effected and 1 son without.”
Von Willebrand’s Disease is caused by a decreased amount or malfunction of the protein that makes blood platelets stick together to form a clot. While hemophilia is rare – 1 in 20,000 Americans have it – Von Willebrand’s Disease impacts one in 100 people worldwide, according to the Hemophilia Federation of America.
It impacts both males and females, but sometimes is not diagnosed because symptoms are mild. These are the symptoms:
- Nose bleeds
- Prolonged bleeding from minor cuts
- Heavy of longer than usual menstrual bleeding
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the stools
- Large bruises
- Gums bleed easily
- Heavy periods and/or periods lasting more than 7 days
Each Thursday in June, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown will donate a portion of its proceeds on dine-in or take-out to Hoiseth’s fund-raising for the 2017 Hemophilia Walk. Make sure to bring the certificate below.
The walk takes place on Saturday, June 10 at Prowse Farm at 5 Blue Hill River Road, Canton, MA. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. and the 2K walk begins at 10 a.m.