Ever heard that blood is thicker than water? Not only am I sure the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) has heard it—they’re essentially creating a movement around it.
And it’s pretty great.
In the vein (sorry, pun) of 2014’s ALS Ice Bucket challenge, the Red Tie Challenge asks everyone to take a take a creative picture of themselves in a literal red tie, share it, and challenge someone else between now and April 17th.
It’s a fun challenge (I’m sorry, wearing ties anywhere but your neck will always be good), but more important than the fashion statement, it’s a profound figurative gesture that represents blood ties between bleeding disorders:
“[Red] conveys strength, leadership, courage, and love—emotions that define our community.”
So whether you have von Willebrand, hemophilia, or rare factor deficiencies (bleeding disorders which ex-nay normal clotting mechanisms and potentially cause serious injury) the Red Tie Challenge is for you.
Here’re 5 reasons why that’s pretty bloody exciting:
- It commemorates the awesome fact that all bleeding disorders now have a national month
- Money raised by you getting funky with ties help fund more bleeding disorder research
- Actress, comedian, and all around cool girl Alex Borstein is in on it
- It leads nicely into the World Federation of Hemophilia’s baller 2016 World Congress
- Dude, it’s just flat out fun!
Red is a bold, strong color for a bold, thriving community—one that’s ready to stand out!
But are you ready to take the challenge?
Find out more about the whole-shebang here.