First Hemophilia awareness walk scheduled for Sunday

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 1:06 p.m. CDT; updated 6:03 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 13, 2013

*An earlier version of this article had an incorrect name for the National Hemophilia Foundation.

COLUMBIA — About 100 participants are expected Sunday for the first hemophilia walk sponsored by the Midwest Hemophilia Association, a local chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation*.

Hemophilia, a rare and lifelong bleeding disorder that prevents blood from clotting normally, affects 20,000 people nationwide and about 800 Missourians, according to the association's website.

Kristin Marema, association board member, said she hopes the event will raise awareness of the disease.

The walk will begin at 12:30 p.m at Stephens Lake Park.

Marema said families are invited to attend, because it will be a fun, family-friendly event with food, music and a bounce house.

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