Thanks to the dedication of Coalition members and participants, we had yet another
successful DVT Awareness Month this year through our new campaign, DVT Awareness
by Design. The program encouraged individuals to design their own socks to show
their support for DVT Awareness Month. We are thrilled with the amount of responses
we have received – if you haven't already, check out some of our "designer" socks
on www.preventdvt.org in the DVT by Design Photo Album page.
We're off the charts with numbers…more than 5,000 kits were distributed and more
than 2,700 hospitals participated in DVT Awareness by Design activities – far exceeding
In other related news during DVT Awareness Month this past March, Coalition Steering
Committee member, Dr. Franklin Michota and I appeared on The Today Show. NBC's Ann
Curry, who participated in the Coalition's 2007 Public Service Announcement (PSA),
led the interview and premiered the PSA. I hope you've had a chance to see that
PSA; to-date our 2007 PSA has reached over 162 million people.
We embarked on a road trip, too, as several Coalition members and I traveled to
hospitals across the country, including New York Presbyterian Hospital, M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center and The Cleveland Clinic. During my travels, I met many people and
was inspired by their stories related to DVT. Their personal stories remind me how
important it is for us to continue to raise awareness.
Through our Coalition efforts, I participated in a unique event this past May in
conjunction with the Parsons' School of Design and their annual student fashion
show. At that event, I presented an award, in memory of the late Professor Stacie
Nipps at the "2007 Line Debut" fashion event. Stacie was a beloved professor who
died from complications of DVT on her honeymoon at the young age of 31. In honor
of Stacie's memory, the school and its faculty have pledged a commitment to bring
DVT awareness to the fashion community and beyond. I look forward to working with
Parsons' again in the future!
I wish to thank everyone again for your ongoing efforts to help to raise awareness
of DVT. Knowledge is power and through our commitment we are making a difference
for DVT patients and their loved ones. I look forward to sharing more information
with you in our next newsletter. In the meantime, please continue to send us your
personal DVT stories and check back on www.preventdvt.org for new updates!