GLHF’s Annual Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Conference is June 7-9

GLHF’s annual Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Conference, for people and families living with a bleeding disorder, is June 7-9 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The weekend provides an opportunity to attend educational sessions presented by experts, meet with health care and industry professionals, and form important connections with peers and families who are affected by a bleeding disorder.

This year, we are hosting affected families from across the state of Wisconsin! Although conference registration is closed, you can still get on our waiting list by contacting Kailee at:

2024 Keynote Speaker: Matthew D. Barkdull

Matthew D. Barkdull, a certified medical family therapist, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified advanced wellness and executive coach, and licensed financial professional. Barkdull also has a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy and an MBA with an emphasis in strategic management. 

Barkdull will be speaking about perfectionism, which he calls a pervasive bully that lurks in plain sight, affecting people significantly. He believes that perfectionism has grown into a pandemic, particularly impacting medical patients and their families. By recognizing its tactics and dispelling its harmful lies, we can prevent mental illnesses like major depression and anxiety. Join for open dialogue and effective strategies rooted in scientific research. Let’s overcome perfectionism and reclaim our well-being!

With more than 20 years of experience, Barkdull is a national healthcare and patient advocate. He has worked closely with state and federal legislative bodies locally and in Washington D.C. Notably, Barkdull has overcome significant health challenges, including cancer, two kidney transplants, three years of dialysis, West Nile Virus, hepatitis C, severe hemophilia, and infertility.

New in 2024: Family Mentorship Program

Is it your first time, or fourth time, attending the Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Conference? What did you wish you knew your first time at the conference that you know now? Get to know other families coping with a bleeding disorder by volunteering for the Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Conference Family Mentorship Program. Help new families take advantage of the wealth of information and educational opportunities throughout the weekend. Participating families will attend a dinner networking event on Friday (June 7) from 6 – 7:30 pm where they will connect with their “match” and learn more about the weekend.

Contact Kailee at if you’re interested in participating in the Family Mentorship Program. Families will be notified if they are matched with another family. One adult from each mentor family will need to attend a 30-minute training via Zoom prior to the conference. More information will be sent via email.

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