At American Service and Product, ASAP Pharmacy, we love what we get to do every single day. But, do you want to know what else we love? We love partnering with some pretty amazing non-profit organizations that are making huge differences in the lives of many.
Just recently, we had the honor and privilege of meeting up with our dear friends at the Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network. We absolutely love and appreciate the work that executive director Darcy Zwier and her team are doing within the bleeding disorders community.
What Is A Bleeding Disorder?
According to The American Society of Hematology, “Bleeding disorders are a group of conditions that result when the blood cannot clot properly. In normal clotting, platelets, a type of blood cell, stick together and form a plug at the site of an injured blood vessel. Proteins in the blood called clotting factors then interact to form a fibrin clot, essentially a gel plug, which holds the platelets in place and allows healing to occur at the site of the injury while preventing blood from escaping the blood vessel. While too much clotting can lead to conditions such as heart attacks and strokes, the inability to form clots can be very dangerous as well, as it can result in excessive bleeding. Bleeding can result from either too few or abnormal platelets, abnormal or low amounts of clotting proteins, or abnormal blood vessels.
Hemophilia is perhaps the most well-known inherited bleeding disorder, although it is relatively rare. It affects mostly males. Many more people are affected by von Willebrand disease, the most common inherited bleeding disorder in America caused by clotting proteins. Von Willebrand disease can affect both males and females. Platelet disorders are the most common cause of bleeding disorder and are usually acquired rather than inherited.”
As a whole, the bleeding disorders community affects over three million Americans who have hemophilia, Von Willebrand disease and other rare factor deficiencies.
Who Is The Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network?
Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network is a not-for-profit agency whose goals are to improve the quality of life for those with bleeding disorders, and their families, through education, networking, advocacy and financial support. We are here to serve individuals and families with inherited bleeding disorders who need information, emotional support and an organization to voice their needs and concerns.
What Does The Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network Offer?
On their website at mywbdn.org, The Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network states it perfectly as to what they offer to the bleeding disorders community by meeting the community, right where they’re at.
“Whether you or your child has a recent diagnosis of a bleeding disorder or you’ve lived with it for a lifetime, a common feeling is isolation. You may find that family, friends, neighbors or co-workers aren’t able to offer the support you need. While they may wish to help, they often don’t know how. Connecting with others in the bleeding disorders community can be a lifeline for you and a great resource for those who seek to support you. This is the work, passion, and mission of the Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network.”
Who Is ASAP?
American Service and Product, ASAP Pharmacy is a fully licensed pharmacy, specializing in helping people with expensive medication therapy for their chronic conditions. Our Pharmacy supplies a comprehensive spectrum of specialty pharmacy medication and ancillary products to treat those dealing with the following conditions: Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Hemophilia, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and vonWillebrand Disease.
ASAP Is Cheering On The Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network
At ASAP, we are all about giving back. Thank you to The Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network for making a difference. We are honored to cheer you on with every step you take. To learn more about The Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network, visit their website at mywbdn.org and like them on Facebook at facebook.com/WBDN1.