The Thanksgiving holiday this year may look and feel a bit different amid the COVID-19 pandemic — this has been a challenging year, no doubt — but the holidays still can serve as a much-needed time to reconnect safely with friends or family. Perhaps you are having a low-key dinner with members of your household, hosting a multi-home video gathering, or picking up takeout from your favorite restaurant and settling in to watch a movie. If you’re still making somewhat more traditional plans, there are ways to celebrate safely and enjoy the day: Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings. Whatever you choose to do, we hope it is time well spent making memories with the people closest to you.
We also hope that you take some time to reflect on the past year. Even though it feels like it has left us little to be grateful for, through reflection we are perhaps reminded that there are always positive and powerful things in our lives. Many of us have found new hobbies and activities to enjoy, finished projects or started new ones, and perhaps spent more time in sharing a kind word or gesture with our families and neighbors.
Thank you to the thousands of people who support our work each day with actions, both big and small, that continue to help us make a difference. Whether you read about our work on our website, share or comment on social media, chat with us online, share your story, donate, give your time or resources, or tell someone else about us, you continue to make the work that we do both meaningful and possible.
We also want to extend our thanks to the frontline healthcare workers, many of whom are also members of our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, and who are selflessly dedicated to caring for people affected by blood clots and clotting disorders and also people who have been impacted by COVID-19. We appreciate you and your dedication to improving the lives of the patients and families that you serve.
On behalf of everyone at NBCA, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and we thank you for all that you do to support the important work of our organization.
NOVEMBER E-NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS:
- Linda D. Wilkinson Appointed New Executive Director of NBCA: Linda D. Wilkinson is appointed new Executive Director of NBCA to lead the organization with strategic focus aimed at improving recognition and care of blood clots. Please join us in welcoming her to our organization.
- Save the Date: December 1, 2020 is Giving Tuesday: Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2020. We’re proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things.
- Athletes and Blood Clots: Recent studies suggest that even those in peak physical condition, particularly athletes, can be at an increased risk of developing life-threatening blood clots. Read more from NBCA’s Sports & Wellness Institute Advisory Committee Member Dr. Bill Robertson.
- No Time to Wait: The Bristol Myers Squibb–Pfizer Alliance, with the support of leading advocacy organizations and medical societies, such as NBCA, recently launched No Time to Wait. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of three conditions – AFib, DVT and PE.