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IBMC College raises awareness, funds for hemophilia

Instructor Melissa Newbanks and her son Kalvin pose for a photo with her husband and students during IBMC College’s Red Day on August 17, 2017.

August 22, 2017

Students, staff and faculty at IBMC College’s Greeley campus worked to raise awareness for hemophilia, a rare blood disorder, for four consecutive Thursdays in July and August.

Participation at the campus, located at 2863 35th Ave., consisted of students, staff and faculty paying a $1 donation to wear the designated attire for that day. At the end of the four-week Hemophilia Awareness campaign, $100 was raised by IBMC students and staff.

The money collected will be presented to the Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation at the Hemophilia Walk on August 26 in Denver. Greeley instructor and campaign organizer, Melissa Newbanks, will present the donation on behalf of IBMC students and staff in the name of her son, Kalvin, who has hemophilia.

The Hemophilia Walk in Denver is expected to draw more than 1,000 supporters and participating businesses.

“We’re so proud to have IBMC Greeley included in the list of supporters (of the hemophilia walk)!” said IBMC Greeley Campus President, Mary Matsutani in an email about the campaign.

The weekly rotating attire for Hemophilia Awareness at the campus included a Hawaiian-themed day, IBMC pride day, favorite sports team day and the college’s own creation for bringing awareness to hemophilia, Red Day. Participants wore red in support of those who have the disorder.

To find out more information about hemophilia and how you can donate to the cause, visit

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