Golf Tournament Supports New Mexico Hemophiliacs

NEWS RELEASE

July 22, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Friday, August 22, the Sangre de Oro Hemophilia Foundation of New Mexico is hosting its fifth annual Caliente Golf Classic to raise funds for New Mexicans with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia and von Willebrand disease.

The tournament will be at the Arroyo del Oso Golf Course with morning registration and breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m., and shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Deadline for registration and payment is August 8. For more information, contact Loretta Cordova, executive director of Sangre de Oro, at (505) 341-9321.

Hemophilia is a genetic bleeding disorder that prevents the blood from clotting normally. It is an inherited bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency or absence of a protein called factor. Hemophilia can appear spontaneously without the genetic trait, which accounts for about 30 percent of all cases. It affects 1 in every 7,500 males. The main symptom is uncontrolled, often spontaneous bleeding. Treatment is available, but currently there is no cure for hemophilia.

Like hemophilia, von Willebrand disease is a genetic bleeding disorder that prevents the blood from clotting. The protein missing is known as the von Willebrand factor. This disease affects both men and women, equally. It is estimated to affect over two million people in the U.S.

University of New Mexico Hospitals, through its hematology division’s Ted R. Montoya Hemophilia Program, works closely with Sangre de Oro to help provide care for both adult and pediatric patients with bleeding disorders.

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