Bleeding Disorder Project

900,000 people in the United States develop blood clots annually, and clots are responsible for approximately 100,000 deaths each year.


In collaboration with the Hilo Medical Center Foundation and the National Hemophilia Foundation, Hawaii Chapter, Waiakea High School Senior, Tristen Cullio, sought out to raise awareness and education of bleeding disorders. Tristen’s senior project created a fund that benefits patients with bleeding disorders treated at Hilo Medical Center by covering the insurance copayment. The blood clotting medication used to stop a bleed was recalled and now patients experiencing a bleed may need to receive treatment at the emergency room; even for non-emergency situations.

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