Hemophilia Alliance Travel Grant recipient Chris Guelcher has been serving the global bleeding disorders community for over twenty-five years as a hematology nurse, administrator, researcher and author. This year—thanks to the generosity of WFH USA community partner, the Hemophilia Alliance— she was able to attend the WFH Global Forum for the first time.
Guelcher began her career by helping a mentor with her IV infusion classes. During that time, she met children living with a bleeding disorder. Intrigued by the idea of providing continuous care as these young patients moved to adulthood, she applied for a position at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, U.S.A, when her mentor left her position. She has been there ever since.
Guelcher has witnessed many changes in care first-hand, but even so, she was amazed at what speakers at the WFH Global Forum showed was on the horizon for patients and treaters. She felt that the insights she gained from the global slate of researchers and educators present at the forum are invaluable as they will help her avoid “tunnel vision” as regards the therapies available in the U.S.A.