2017 NYC Hemophilia Walk a Tremendous Success
We reached our walk goal! We did it! On June 4, 2017, our community and supporters gathered in Riverside Park to walk in honor of people with bleeding disorders. With 1,446 walkers and virtual walkers, our community raised $395,000 for education, advocacy, travel grants, and research; surpassing our goal of $300,000!
This year 70 teams were in attendance, including 16 VIP teams. VIP criteria was bumped up from $3,000 to $4,000 thanks to teams working so hard to fundraise. VIP teams experienced an extra special welcome this year with a VIP tent stocked with crowns, tiaras, certificates, and specialty cookies from Louie’s Sweet Cakes. To top of the superstar treatment the tent was watched over by our very own Seth Patsakos; who served as our security.
To kick off the day’s events, a short yoga warm-up was lead by Jenn Baston of The Yoga Room. We also had a fantastic Bollywood dance show put on by the Shiamak Divar International Dance Company!
Shortly before the start of the walk, awards were presented by Shire and Novo Nordisk, respectively. The Top Fundraising Team award went to Rose Bender’s Team Awesome!!!! and the Top Individual Fundraiser award went to Kelly Ambrosio. The walk was then kicked off with stilt walkers leading the way.
After finishing the walk, participants were greeted by a custom photo booth, a salsa dance party, a hip hop and step performance by the Copiague HS Hip Hop Club and Step Team, and of course, NYCHC’s traditional rainbow bagels.
The Chapter would like to thank everyone that volunteered, donated, participated, and cheered our teams on! NYCHC would also like to thank our supportive sponsors: National Presenting Sponsor, Shire; Pace Setter Plus sponsor, Novo Nordisk; all of our Official and Gold sponsors, and in-kind sponsors.