Support for Hemophilia Treatment With Team Hemophilia
The National Hemophilia Foundation introduced Team Hemophilia, a fundraising program sponsored by Bayer HealthCare, in partnership with Andretti Green Racing, to benefit NHF and its participating local chapters.
Team Hemophilia, now in its second season, will leverage the popularity of the IndyCar Series, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, and 2006 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Marco Andretti to raise money and awareness of bleeding and clotting disorders.
The NHF is excited to continue working with Marco Andretti who has done more in the last year than just earn his title as IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year. Throughout the 2006 season, Andretti also made an impact off the track, visiting with hemophilia community members in cities where IndyCar Series races occurred. In addition, Andretti participated in the hemophilia community's recent annual meeting in Philadelphia, where he presented a $10,000 donation on behalf of his family.
"I am proud to be a part of Team Hemophilia with the National Hemophilia Foundation and Bayer HealthCare," said Marco Andretti, driver of the #26 car for Andretti Green Racing. "Bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia, are very challenging conditions, and I hope that the funds and awareness raised by Team Hemophilia will help improve the lives of people living with them."
The official program Web site, http://www.teamhemophilia.org , will host live Ebay online auctions where participants can bid to win VIP tickets to IndyCar Series races or an Indy 500 Fantasy Weekend including airfare, accommodations, and a VIP IndyCar race day experience for two. As the lead sponsor of Team Hemophilia, Bayer HealthCare is providing campaign assistance as well as ongoing financial support.
"We appreciate the support of Bayer and Andretti Green Racing for Team Hemophilia and NHF," said Dr. Alan Kinniburgh, CEO of the NHF. "Team Hemophilia is an important fundraising and awareness initiative. It will capture the spirit and excitement of the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series while raising awareness of bleeding disorders among the general public."
Everyone is invited to participate in Team Hemophilia by visiting www.teamhemophilia.org where Team Hemophilia race packages will be available through Ebay online auctions. Packages contain all of the VIP benefits and the Race Weekend Packages also include round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two. Those who can't make it to the track on race day can show their support by shopping for autographed Team Hemophilia products, sending an E-postcard to a friend, or making a donation to the NHF.
"As an industry leader, Bayer HealthCare is committed to improving the lives of people with hemophilia and dedicated to supporting programs that raise awareness," said Terry Tenbrunsel, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Bayer HealthCare. "We are excited to partner with NHF and Andretti Green Racing to raise awareness of hemophilia, and are committed to supporting programs that educate the public about bleeding disorders."
Funds raised by Team Hemophilia will help maintain important NHF programs like summer camps for children, peer support groups, medic alert IDs, educational seminars, and other initiatives for people living with bleeding disorders.