Hemophilia Association of the Capital Area

HACA Fall Festival and Walk

Registration for the 2018 HACA Fall Festival and Walk is now open. Click here to sign up.

Like last year, you can register as a walker and create your own team. You can also add other family members as well when signing up. You can create a team page, and will receive a URL that you can share with friends and family to raise money for your teams. If you have friends and family who would like to donate but not walk, they can do so as well by clicking on Donor instead of Walker and can donate directly to your team.

The HACA Fall Festival and Walk will take place a little earlier this year: Saturday, September 29, at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, VA, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This year we are moving to the large shelter that overlooks the lake, which can be accessed from both the Heming Avenue entrance (and a short walk from the parking lot) and the main entrance on Accotink Park Road.

The walk itself will take place along the shore of Lake Accotink. There will be a pre-determined route with varying lengths, and participants are also welcome to walk, run or bike the entire 4-mile length of the lake. Following the walk will be an awards ceremony and picnic. There will be plenty of free parking, as well as parking for the disabled and restrooms at the pavilion.

See you at the walk in September!

A Note From Our Walk Chair, Veronica Scott

I walk because of my one-year-old son, Ian. My son has been my pride and joy since the very first moment I found out about him.

After finding out about his diagnosis, I was afraid that my kid wouldn’t be able to be a “normal” kid. I remember growing up with my brother (who has hemophilia A severe) and he wasn’t allowed to really do anything. Most of the time he had to sit on the steps and watch us play. I never understood why until after Ian was born in 2016 and I started researching hemophilia very heavy. If only I knew what my brother was experiencing, I probably would have sat on the steps with him. I can’t even imagine what he went through or how he felt. But I do know that I never want to put Ian through that feeling of being left out or lonely.

I allow Ian to be a true kid and I treat his bleeds immediately no matter how small. I walk because I want other sisters, mothers, cousins, etc., to know that having hemophilia is not all that bad and everything will be okay. Our hemophilia kids can and will live normal lives with the proper treatment. Hemophilia does not define my kid. My boy Ian defines hemophilia and he is why I walk.