When nearly 3,000 people gather in one place at one time they constitute a united front. That’s what happened at NHF’s 65th Annual Meeting in Anaheim this year, when kids and adults with bleeding disorders and their families, physicians and researchers, HTC providers, chapter staff and volunteers, and industry partners all congregated for “United in Progress,” at the Anaheim Marriott, October 3-5, 2013.
Southern California welcomed us with sunny skies and swaying palm trees. Nearby shops and a famous theme park added to the setting. Attendees had a plethora of sessions—more than 40-- to choose from this year, including “My Life, Our Future: Genotyping for Progress in Hemophilia,” NHF’s HTC-wide genotyping initiative; “Hepatitis C Updates”; a conditioning class called “Muscle Chisel for Men with Bleeding Disorders”; “Importance of Camp”; and a new track for women with bleeding disorders.
The Exhibit Hall was so big that it occupied two spaces, across the hall from each other. Interactive video games, fun prizes and delicious foods were sampled by hundreds of conference goers. The NHF Official Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Saturday afternoon recognized outstanding people and programs with videos, highlighting the many accomplishments of our diverse community.
Next year’s Annual Meeting planning is already underway. So plug this information into your phone or onto your kitchen calendar—NHF’s 66th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, September 18-20, 2014. Let’s make it a capital event!