Peyton Brush, a sixth grader at Eubanks, is raising money for a great cause that is dear to his family. Peyton has severe hemophilia, a genetic condition that prevents his blood from clotting properly. This is Peyton’s fourth year to be a team captain for the DFW Walk for Hemophilia.
Peyton is getting a lot of support from his community this year. Weidenhoff Martial Arts, through the city of Southlake, held a benefit for Peyton’s team with a special belt testing on September 23. 20 Southlake students tessted and together they raised over $800 in one for this cause. Sensei George Weidenhoff was the idea behind that generous event. While Peyton cannot participate in Jui Jitsu, his two brothers are members of the school. If Peyton’s team reaches it’s fundraising goal of $6500 this year for the Walk November 8th at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, his 4 year fundraising total will be over $25,000.
His parents are very involved in the cause as well. Both have served on the board of directors for the organization and Mrs. Brush was President the last two years. She is also the author of 10 books for toddlers and young children living with the condition.
Hemophilia is one of the most expensive conditions to live with in the country. Costs for medication alone to prevent bleeding range from $200,000 to $500,000 per year with no complications. Much of the funds raised goes to education, advocacy, and sending kids with this condition to a special camp where they learn the skills needed to deal with this disease.
The Hemophilia Walk is NHF’s largest event dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for bleeding and clotting disorders, and to preventing the complications of these disorders through awareness, education, advocacy and research.
The 2013 DFW Hemophilia Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. Check-in the day of the race begins at 7:30 a.m. The walk begins at 9.
Hemophilia is very rare. Fewer than 20,000 people in the United State have hemophilia. However, hemophilia is very, very expensive, often costing patients upwards of $250,000 a year for the medicines needed to help the blood clot normally.
Two Carroll ISD students have severe hemophilia, sixth grader, Wadi Hamud, and fifth grader, Peyton Brush. Both students have teams participating in the 2013 DFW Hemophilia Walk. If you are interested in joining their teams visit www.hemophilia.org/walk and select the walk in TX (Dallas) and join either Peyton’s Peeps or sponsor Peyton Bush or join Wadi’s Walk Stars or sponsor Wadi Hamud.
As a non-profit group the Texas Central Hemophila Association can provide community service hours for students who are interested in volunteering the day of the walk. Students must email Shannon Brush, President of the Texas Central Hemophilia Association at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to attending the event.