The Sixth Annual Alpine Snowshoe Walk to benefit the New England Hemophilia Association takes place on Saturday, March 13, at Stratton Mountain. This year's walk is sponsored by Bayer Healthcare, CSL Behring, Baxter Healthcare, Biomed Pharmaceuticals, Novo Nordisk, and Coram Specialty Infusion Services.
Register online at www.newenglandhemophilia.org or in person the day of the walk, at Stratton's Sun Bowl Base Lodge, from 12:30 p.m. The guided walk kicks off at 1:30 p.m.
Donations for the walk are $25 per adult 17 and older (16 and under walk free with paying adult). Any gift of $50 or more earns the donor a seat at Saturday evening's celebratory dinner, hosted by the event's founders, Mark and Ina Katzman.
This year's Silent Auction includes tickets to Jerry Seinfeld's May show at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods plus an overnight stay at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut; an Indianapolis Colts helmet autographed by Super Bowl XLI MVP, Peyton Manning; an NFL football signed by New York Giants great and Super Bowl XXI MVP, Phil Simms, as well as a basketball signed by the Harlem Globetrotters. You may also bid on Red Sox tickets, golf for four at Stratton, dinners at area restaurants, fine jewelry and much more.
There will also be a very special raffle for a pair of tickets to Bon Jovi's March 27 show and overnight accommodations for two at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Raffle tickets are $20 each and may be purchased by sending a check made out to The New England Hemophilia Association to the association at 347 Washington St., Suite 402, Dedham, MA 02026. All proceeds benefit the New England Hemophilia Association.
The brainchild of Stratton Mountain residents Mark and Ina Katzman, the first Alpine Snowshoe Walk was organized and held the year after the Katzman's first grandson, Blake, was born and diagnosed with hemophilia. While most everyone understands that hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder, most are surprised to learn that the disorder can spontaneously appear in children whose parents don't have the disorder. This was the case with Blake.
After a series of medical procedures and with the now daily intravenous doses of clotting factor, Blake is doing well and is living the life of a normal, healthy seven year old. Almost.
There is no cure for hemophilia but with funding and research - last year's event drew 80 walkers and more than 100 diners, raising $26,000 for research, education and medical seminars for those affected with bleeding disorders - there is hope for every child, parent, or grandparent of a child who faces the challenges of living with bleeding disorders.