Please Donate to Help Stop the Clot
I’d like to introduce you to an inspiring volunteer at the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA), Cassandra Coleman-Corcoran. After undergoing two knee surgeries, Cassandra developed multiple blood clots in her lungs that put her life in danger at age 24.
“I woke up one day and couldn’t breathe,” Cassandra said. “My first thought was that I had pneumonia. Sweat was pouring out of me and I felt a tingling down my arm. Finally, I got the energy to crawl up the steps and call for help.”
Cassandra was wise enough to go the Emergency Room, where doctors said her clots were numerous and that they “stopped counting at five.” The clots in her lungs were blocking her pulmonary blood flow by 80% in one lung and 100% in the other. Cassandra was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where doctors began a regimen to dissolve her blood clots. Her fiancé, parents, and other family members, held vigil in the hospital as Cassandra battled for her life. After 32 long days and nights in the hospital, she was released, but with lasting effects. She suffered short-term memory loss and must take blood-thinners for the rest of her life.
Cassandra is a young, yet very accomplished woman, and NBCA is proud to include her among its many talented and tireless volunteers. In 2008, she became Mayor of Exeter, PA at only 20 years old, and was elected in her own right in 2009. Cassandra was recognized by Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine as an “age-defying woman” in 2011. Today, the newly married Mrs. Coleman- Corcoran continues her career in politics and hopes to become a congresswoman.
After Cassandra survived her life-threatening ordeal, she took her story to the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA to spread the word about the dangers of blood clots and clotting disorders. She has elevated patient advocacy to a high level, and partnered with NBCA to reach an even wider audience.
Phyllis Mundy, Pennsylvania State Representative and Cassandra’s former boss, passed a resolution to designate March as Deep Vein Thrombosis Month in their state. Cassandra and her mother, Barbara Velazquez, were honored on the House Floor in Harrisburg, PA the day this resolution was adopted.
“Several blood clots reached her lungs,” Mundy said. “Luckily for Cassandra and for all of us who love her, she was successfully treated. I hope by telling her story, we can raise awareness and help prevent DVT/PE from needlessly claiming lives.”
NBCA is eager to align its mission with other states’ legislative priorities in order to broadcast the “Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism” to alert the public to the dangers of blood clots and clotting disorders. While I’m proud to share Cassandra’s victory, I also am compelled to remind you that NBCA’s mission is to make sure that as many patients with blood clots survive, thrive and begin a renewed life after blood clots, as Cassandra was fortunate to do. I know you care deeply about our many efforts to support patients and find treatments for DVT and PE. Now you can help! Before our founding in 2003, communities knew very little about these risks, symptoms and treatments for blood clots and clotting disorders. NBCA set out to change that fact – and we now reach over 1,000,000 people every year!
Your generosity ensures NBCA can continue essential programs by advancing prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of blood clots, clotting disorders and clot-provoked stroke through public awareness, advocacy and patient and professional education.
I believe that great treatment advances are up ahead – but we’ll reach them sooner if everyone joins the effort!
So can we count on you? It’s easy to join the fight to Stop The Clot by sending your tax-deductable donation of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more in the enclosed envelope, or donate online at www.stoptheclot.org.
Your gift will truly save lives and NBCA appreciates your donation.
P.S. It’s truly up to us! There are more than 100,000 Americans who die each year from DVT or PE, but National Blood Clot Alliance is the only national patient voluntary health organization committed to Stop The Clot! Please donate today!
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