This past September, GLHF hosted its second annual Men’s Retreat (ages 21+) at a beautiful location on Castle Rock Lake. Men from across the state gathered at our cabin for a weekend of friendship, support and bonding and shared experiences.
“GLHF will continue to find new ways to reach people with bleeding disorders to strengthen the community atmosphere and continually adjust to the current needs of our community,” said Karin Koppen, GLHF’s Director of Camp and Community Outreach. “Our goal is to create the right environment, allowing people to be comfortable talking about their bleeding disorders.”
The group stated that, “We are the first generation of people living with hemophilia to have a normal life expectancy. This makes the programs that are needed today much different than those of the past. Bringing us together for a Men’s Retreat is so beneficial because it allows us to connect and bond over our current needs, said one attendee.” They shared meals, spent the day boating on the lake, learned about joint health through tai chi and practiced meditation.
GLHF strives to offer unique programs for people with bleeding disorders – including groups that bring people together in a way that’s designed for individual people within the bleeding disorders community. “We want people to find support and strength with other individuals that intuitively understand each other’s everyday lives. The Men’s Retreat is one of those programs,” said Karin.