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 email@example.com.
April 2017 Volunteer of the Month: Roland Varga
Introducing Roland Varga, our April ‘Volunteer of the Month’. Over the years, Roland has become our go-to ‘Clot Buster’. As the man behind the ever growing ‘Clot Buster Blog’, Roland has provided support, encouragement, along with an assortment of “gear” for our Team Stop the Clot® athletes since 2008.
Roland became involved with the National Blood Clot Alliance after his wife, Liz, a founding member of NBCA, was diagnosed with a genetic clotting disorder. Roland and Liz began raising awareness of blood clots and clotting disorders nearly 14 years ago. Today, the blog remains a staple for recently diagnosed athletes as Roland provides monthly highlights of athletes working towards our lifesaving mission – prevention and awareness. The blog provides inspiration and hope for those who’ve been diagnosed and limited to their activities. His message is clear – blood clot survivors can do anything and they deserve to be celebrated.
Roland’s work can be seen throughout our Team Stop The Clot® community. Those famous polka dots that our athletes wear are his creation! And, a wide variety of ‘Clot Buster’ gear can be purchased directly from his blog, with proceeds supporting NBCA. In addition to all of this, Roland (and Liz) both participate in many athletic endeavors in support of our mission. Frequently, their young sons will be out there with them as official “junior” Clot Busters.
Roland’s positivity is unmatched and inspirational. He is an outstanding asset to our Team Stop The Clot® members and to organization. Thank you, Roland, for all that you’ve done and accomplished for the National Blood Clot Alliance, Team Stop the Clot® and survivors everywhere.