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.

If you are interested in getting involved with NBCA, please e-mail Caitlin Augustine at

March 2018 Volunteer of the Month: Donna Brovender

Donna (3rd from left), pictured with Alyssa Celentano, Dr. Herman Brovender, and Evan Brovender

This February, we’re honored to celebrate and recognize Charlie Whitfield for his amazing impact during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.

Thirty-five year old Ali Senser died of a pulmonary embolism (PE), or blood clot in her lung, within 48 hours of giving birth to her third daughter in March of 2016. Her mother, Donna Brovender, reached out to NBCA almost exactly one year later. She was determined to get involved and make a difference in an effort to raise awareness and funds, while hopefully preventing other people from experiencing a similar situation.

Within two months, Donna and her family signed up to participate in the NYC Walk to Stop The Clot® and raised over $12,000. Shortly thereafter, Donna’s son, Evan, registered with Team Stop The Clot® to run the TCS New York City Marathon. He successfully raised over $7,000.

When Donna visited NYC for Evan’s marathon, she was ready to do more – this time for Blood Clot Awareness Month, since it coincided with the two year anniversary of Ali’s passing. Donna put all of her efforts into organizing the Walk to Stop The Clot® in memory of Ali Senser, held on March 4 on the grounds of Ali’s Alma Mater, Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Thanks to the generosity of many of the same donors to our NYC Walk and Evan’s marathon, more than $8,000 was raised through this Walk.

With more than $27,000 raised through Donna’s efforts, Donna remains committed and eager to do more. Next year, there will be a second Walk in Ali’s memory in Ft. Lauderdale, and a new Walk in Ali’s memory in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Donna, you are an inspiration. We are grateful for your dedication to raising funds and awareness, and we look forward to a continued partnership with you and all of Ali’s family.

Previous Volunteers 

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
May 2017: Lisa Scott
April 2017: Roland Varga
March 2017: Jeanine Nastar