Our History

The Bleeding Disorder Foundation of Washington began in the 1970’s when parents gathered together at Camp I-Vy for their children. Over the years the Foundation changed its name and took on unimaginable challenges, resulting from tainted blood products in the 1980’s. The result was tremendous devastation for the bleeding disorder community. Almost 70% of the community contracted HIV and, sadly, over half of them passed away.


In 1999, the name Bleeding Disorder Foundation of Washington was established. For over 15 years, the BDFW has been the leading advocacy and support organization for those living with bleeding disorders in Washington State. Today, the BDFW is launching a national research fund, provides a plethora of educational programs a year throughout the state and ifighting for access to medical care for all bleeding disorder patients.