Hemophilia Association of the Capital Area

HACA Fall Festival and Walk

Fall Festival Fun at Lake Accotink Park

Thank you to the walkers, donors and sponsors that made the 2018 Fall Festival and Walk on September 29 a success! We raised more than $90,000 this year!

Funds raised through the walk support a variety of programs, including patient assistance; scholarships for educational meetings and college; summer camp for kids; and research through contributions to the National Hemophilia Foundation's Judith Graham Poole Postdoctoral Research Program. 

It was a beautiful early fall day at Lake Accotink Park. After weeks of endless rain, the sun came out and the weather cooled down, making the setting and temperature just about perfect.

This year’s walk moved to the large lakefront pavilion that looks down over Lake Accotink. The day kicked off with check-in from 8:30 to about 10 a.m., and the opportunity for participants to visit with event sponsors.

Executive Director Brenda Bordelon welcomed the group of more than 150 participants and Walk Chair Veronica Scott said a few words. The crowd had the opportunity to vote for a name for our new blood drop mascot, who has now been christened Buddy the Blood Drop. Then the walk began, led by Buddy and T.rex.

The walk course was the same as last year, a two-mile out and back walk along the shore of the lake. When the walkers returned, carnival games were set out for the kids to enjoy, and there was a face painter and caricature artist. Lunch arrived shortly afterward from Willard’s Barbecue, and the fun wrapped up around 1 p.m.

A special thank-you to the brothers of Chi Psi fraternity at George Mason University, who assisted with everything from sign placement to set-up, costume-wearing to cleanup. Their help is invaluable, and we couldn’t do it without them!

Awards were handed out following the walk as well. The most funds raised by a team went to Kristen and Keith Urbahn of Team William the Conqueror, which raised more than $15,000 and was the top team for the fourth year in a row. The most funds raised by an individual was Kate Greene of Rock Steady for Eddie, who raised more than $3,900. Rock Steady for Eddie also had the largest number of donations to a team (more than 55!). The largest team was Saul’s Patrol, which had about 30 team members.

Here are the teams that participated this year:

William the Conqueror

Rock Steady for Eddie 

Walkers for Wes 

The B’s Knees 

Team Kulenguski 

The Little A Team 

Saul’s Patrol 

Blisters for Bleeders 

Harley Heroes 

Elias 6.0 

Bloody Wonderful 

Mountain Grindles 

Lauryn’s Legion 

HACA Walk Supporters 

Kickin’ Inhibitors 

Keep Calm and Carry On … Again and Again 



HTC Hikers 

TD Bank 

Alphie’s Red Warriors 

Benny’s Blood 

Thank you to our event sponsors:

 Presenting Sponsor: Shire

Platinum Sponsor: Bioverativ and Genentech

Gold Sponsor: Bayer, CVS Caremark and NuFactor

Silver Sponsors: CSL Behring, Novo Nordisk and TD Bank

Bronze Sponsors: Accredo, Aptevo and Matrix Health Group

Supporter Sponsor: National Cornerstone Healthcare Services

Kilometer Sponsors: Ubelhart Rogstad and Associates

Thanks to Ernesto Rivera of Austral Lights Photography, who took the photos for the event. Photos from this year’s event will be on the HACA Facebook page.