Carry The Weight: Coast to Coast Hemochromatosis Awareness, Education Bicycle Ride.
Fundraising Goal: $125,000
Programs It Will Fund
1. HH National Awareness Campaign . (videos, ads, media saturation.)
2. Advocating For A National Standard Screening Program. Petition drive: https://www.change.org/p/demand-gov-put-iron-tests-back-on-routine-blood-panel-www-cms-gov-www-cdc-gov-patty-murray-lamar-alexander-bernie-sanders-al-franken-richard-burr-rand-paul-demand-gov-put-iron-tests-on-routine-blood-panel-prevent-deadly-and-chronic-illnesses
3. Campaign to increase # of locations where HH Blood accepted for transfusion.
A virtual/online bike race by people to a set fundraising finish line. While, in the physical world Joe will bike across America to bring attention to Hemochromatosis With people joining him along the way.
Wearing the number 52 which represents how much donatable, lifesaving HH blood per person gets thrown away annually. Millions of pounds of good blood is treated as biohazard material (costly disposal) instead of going inside veins and saving lives.
Donors can pick rider(s) to support on the virtual ride and people are encouraged to join Joe during any part of the ride cross country.
The ride itself will bring local, regional and national media attention to increased awareness of Hereditary Hemochromatosis.