About the Campaign
What inspired the Red Tie?
The Red Tie was introduced as the symbol for the bleeding disorders community in 2016, when NHF and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services worked together to designate March as an official U.S. health observance month — Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. The Red Tie reflects the fact the blood ties — embodied in the color red and the tie — are what bind the community together.
What is the Red Tie Campaign?
NHF’s Red Tie Campaign is an annual campaign that aims to advance the fight against inheritable bleeding disorders by raising funds for our research, education and advocacy initiatives.
How can I participate?
- Donate to the Red Tie Campaign
- Create your own fundraiser. NHF will provide the tools and resources to help you raise money like a pro!
- Start a Facebook fundraiser to raise funds and awareness during the month of March. Sponsor an event to benefit NHF.
- Follow NHF and post your red tie style with the hashtag #RedTieCampaign and #RedTieTuesday on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
- Encourage your friends and family to get involved: they can donate and share your fundraising page too!
- Sponsor an event to benefit NHF. If you are interested, please contact James Uyeda for more information.
I am an NHF chapter. Where can I find resources for the Red Tie Campaign?
- Download our Chapter Toolkit for tools and tips to help your NHF chapter spread the word and fundraise.
- Contact NHF’s Chapter Services team with any questions.
When is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month?
March is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. NHF successfully advocated to the US Department of Health and Human Services to have the designation officially recognized.
What are inheritable bleeding disorders?
Bleeding disorders are genetic disorders that affect the ability of a person’s blood to clot properly, which can lead to extended bleeding after injury, surgery, trauma or menstruation.
Hemophilia A and B affect 20,000 people in the US. The primary symptom is uncontrolled, often spontaneous bleeding in different areas of the body. Internal bleeding, which is common around joints, can result in pain and swelling and — if left untreated — can cause permanent damage.
von Willebrand disease (VWD) is caused by a deficient or defective blood protein: von Willebrand factor. The most common bleeding disorder, it is estimated to affect up to 1% of the US population. Symptoms include frequent nosebleeds, easy bruising and excessive bleeding following surgery, heavy or abnormal bleeding during menstrual periods and excessive bleeding after childbirth.
Where does my donation go?
Nearly 80 cents of every dollar you donate to NHF goes to research, advocacy, and education programs. NHF is highly rated by reputable charity watchdog agencies for our financial transparency and was recently named one of Consumer Reports’ top health charities.