FYI from the NHLBI Index
September 2011: Vol. 12, Issue 2
PDSA Announces September as National ITP Awareness Month and September 30th as "Sport Purple for Platelets Day"
PDSA Announces September as National ITP Awareness Month and
September 30th as "Sport Purple for Platelets Day"
The Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) is pleased to announce the inclusion of National ITP Awareness Month and Sport Purple for Platelets Day in
the 2011 National Health Observances Calendar. PDSA requested the National ITP Awareness Month designation to increase the public's understanding of ITP and
other platelet disorders and to let patients and their families know that there are resources and support available to help them have the best possible outcomes
and that they are not alone.
Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disease in which the body mounts an immune attack toward platelets that are required to maintain integrity of
blood vessel walls and for blood to clot. Chronic ITP is perhaps the most common bleeding disorder. It affects both sexes and all ages and races. The prevalence
of Adult ITP in the United States is estimated to be as high as 120,000.
and races. The prevalence of Adult ITP in the United States is estimated to be as high as 120,000.
PDSA is currently coordinating and promoting ITP Awareness Month initiatives, including Sport Purple for Platelets Day on September 30, 2011, PDSA's National
Walk/Run: Pump It Up For Platelets! - for a world free of ITP, and other awareness events.
For more information, visit our Web site at www.pdsa.org or contact Nancy Potthast at email@example.com.
Submitted by Nancy Potthast, Director of Marketing, Platelet Disorder Support Association
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