In September, 2017, I will be participating in a three days fundraising event by biking from Paris to Brussels in order to raise money for the European Haemophilia Consortium (EHC). A number of colleagues from Sobi and I will be biking 351 km, departing from the Eiffel Tower in Paris in the early morning of Friday September 8, riding for 86 km through picturesque countrysides to the city of Compiegne. The second day we'll be covering a distance of 145 km from Compiegne to Valenciennes in North Eastern France, following routes of one of the oldest professional cycling races, the Paris Roubaix Race (Est. 1896). From Valenciennes the biking continues through beautiful landscapes into Belgium and we're finishing the challenge at the Atomiumin in Brussels on Sunday September 10.
About the EHC
The European Haemophilia Consortium (EHC) is an international non-profit organisation that represents 45 national patients’ organisations of people with rare bleeding disorders from 27 Member States of the European Union (EU) and most Member States of the Council of Europe. The EHC represents approximately 90,000 people diagnosed with a rare bleeding condition such as haemophilia, von Willebrand Disease (VWD) and other rare bleeding disorders across Europe. However, it is estimated that many more live with an undiagnosed rare bleeding disorder.
Haemophilia is a type of bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly. When a person with haemophilia bleeds it takes longer than normal for the bleeding to stop. This is because people with haemophilia don’t produce enough of an important protein that helps the blood to clot, called a ‘clotting factor’. Haemophilia is a rare disease that is usually inherited and is more common in males than females.
About Sobi in haemophilia
Sobi Haemophilia is part of Sobi, a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Stockholm, Sweden. We want to contribute to a world where all people with haemophilia are diagnosed and receive effective treatment and life-long support to live a full life, free from limitations.Since 2006, Sobi has been working with Bioverativ to develop and advance haemophilia care. Sobi’s history of innovation in haemophilia is the foundation for our pioneering research today and for our long-term commitment in supporting the haemophilia community.