From the beginning, COTT’s guiding philosophy has been, Action=Life. The perspective is ongoing as COTT moves into its third decade as a grass-roots advocacy, support and policy organization serving the hemophilia and larger bleeding disorders communities. We are one of the few community advocacy organizations who do not accept support of any kind from the manufacturers of blood products, drugs or medical devices. This prohibition reflects our belief that conflict of interest played a key role in the AIDS/Blood epidemic that devastated the hemophilia community in the 1980s.
The survival of COTT is imperative if we are to continue to have an independent community voices participating in the regulatory structure as full stakeholders and partners. Your support is critical to our continued ground breaking work in blood safety and in the significant impact of trauma associated psychosocial challenges such as depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which our community members confront on a daily basis.
What can you do? Plenty. Send COTT a donation, by check in the mail or by clicking on "Donate" on the home page of our website, www.cott1.org. All amounts are welcome. Then talk to friends, neighbors, relatives about blood safety and ask them to donate with you.
Click here to download the latest issue of the COTT Washington Update, volume 14, number 4.