At the National Blood Clot Alliance, we are extremely fortunate to have incredible volunteers who help us raise funds to support our mission and also help us to get the word out about the risks, signs, and symptoms of dangerous blood clots.
The majority of people who connect with our organization do so after they have experienced a clot or suffered the loss of a close friend or family member. Through their efforts to plan community fundraisers, share their stories, and engage with NBCA on its social media channels, volunteers play an important role in contributing to improved awareness about blood clots by sharing this crucial information with their own network of family and friends. Dangerous blood clots do not discriminate. They can affect anyone, and our volunteers help us expand awareness of this important message.
Each month we will feature the story of an NBCA volunteer who has made a difference to our organization and shares in our passion for supporting our mission to reduce the number of lives lost to blood clots and clotting disorders.
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July 2018 Volunteers of the Month: Megan and Doug Sloyer
About 12 years ago, Megan was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (PE) and two clotting disorders – factor V Leiden (FVL) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Since then, she has experienced several additional health problems. In December 2017, Megan’s problems included severe migraines with vision loss, and overall vision issues. This was accompanied by severe fatigue and intermittent speech issues. Further investigation and testing revealed small clots in her retina.
Megan found NBCA’s website several years ago and remains a frequent visitor to read new articles and receive support. Presently and unfortunately, she has not had any relief from her migraines and vision problems. About two months ago, Megan’s husband, Doug, created a Facebook fundraiser to help raise awareness about blood clots and clotting disorders and hopefully help educate their family and friends about the complexities of Megan’s health situation.
Through it all, Megan is grateful for the support she has received from her husband. She is most appreciative to her family and friends for their ongoing support too, and specifically for their contributions to Doug’s fundraiser. Megan credits their adopted fur babies – cats Donald and Stella, and puppy Ava – with making her health easier to manage. Megan and her family are firm believers in the power of laughter, so in tough times, her sense of humor has helped to make things easier.
Megan and Doug, on behalf of all of us at the National Blood Clot Alliance, we express our heartfelt thanks for joining our team and helping to make a difference in the lives of others.
July 2018: Megan and Doug Sloyer
June 2018: Dr. Sara Wassenaar
May 2018: Dr. Peter Kouides
April 2018: Dr. Mike Streiff
March 2018: Donna Brovender
February 2018: Charlie Whitfield
January 2018: The Sorace Family
December 2017: Ann and Peter McAvinn
November 2017 – Ben and Kara King
October 2017 – Phil Kean
September 2017: Denise Englert
August 2017: Dan Flanagan
July 2017: Alison Sneag
June 2017: Vic Koziura