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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May 2018 Volunteer of the Month: Peter Kouides, MD
Dr. Peter Kouides is a highly regarded hematologist at Rochester General Hospital and the medical director of the Mary M. Gooley Hemophiia Treatment Center, where he has served since 1998. He is also the current President of the Thrombosis & Hemostasis Societies of North America (THSNA), and serves on NBCA’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board. A noted researcher, he recently co-edited a textbook of bleeding disorders in women. He is also involved with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, and the National Hemophilia Foundation. In 2010, Dr. Kouides was the recipient of the Rochester General Hospital Father Norton Physician of the Year award.
Dr. Kouides is also an avid cyclist. From March through October, he cycles the long way to work, totaling 20 miles in the morning, and 7 miles home in the evening. Typically, his weekends include another 50-75 miles of riding. He has also completed several Century rides.
At the end of January, Dr. Kouides submitted his application to NBCA for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. At that time, he stated that his fundraising goal was $5,000 to be raised by the day of the event. His “dream goal” however, was $10,000. By race day, he had exceeded his $5,000 goal by a couple of thousands of dollars. Now, he is only $1,664 away from his “dream goal.” For anyone wishing to help him reach this goal,
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Thank you for Dr. Kouides for all that you have done to help countless patients in your 25-year career. We’re proud to honor you as our May 2018 Volunteer of the Month.
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
May 2017: Lisa Scott
April 2017: Roland Varga