R 159
2020 -- H 7960
Enacted 03/04/2020

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Vella-Wilkinson, Williams, Morin, Blazejewski, and Millea
Date Introduced: March 04, 2020

     WHEREAS, In March of 2016, The United States Department of Health and Human
Services approved the inclusion of Bleeding Disorders Month on its National Observances
Calendar. Subsequently, March of each year is now officially recognized nationally as "Bleeding
Disorders Awareness Month" in the United States; and
     WHEREAS, This designation formalized and expanded upon the designation 33 years
ago of March, 1986, as "Hemophilia Awareness Month" by President Ronald Reagan; and
     WHEREAS, These bleeding disorders, which share the inability to form a proper blood
clot, are characterized by extended bleeding and can lead to significant morbidity and can be fatal
if not treated effectively; and
     WHEREAS, Many individuals with hemophilia became infected with HIV and Hepatitis
C in the 1980s due to the contamination of the blood supply and blood products; and
     WHEREAS, This Awareness Month will generate greater awareness and understanding
of not only hemophilia but all inheritable bleeding disorders, including von Willebrand Disease,
which alone impacts an estimated 3.2 million Americans; with an estimated 1,100 individuals
suffering from hemophilia and other inheritable bleeding disorders in Rhode Island; and
     WHEREAS, This Awareness Month will foster a greater sense of community and shared
purpose among individuals with all inheritable bleeding disorders; and
     WHEREAS, This Awareness Month will elevate awareness of and engagement in the
inheritable bleeding disorders journey beyond our community to the general public, enabling the
prevention of illness, unnecessary procedures, and disability; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims March, 2020, as "Bleeding Disorders Awareness
Month" in the State of Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Richard Pezzillo, Executive Director, New
England Hemophilia Association.