ANN ARBOR, MI-The Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan has announced a major building campaign. HFM lost its offices, furnishings and historical archives in an arson fire in February 2002.

Since then, the foundation has been housed in temporary quarters while the plan for a new permanent home has moved forward. The building site is on Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti Township.

The campaign goal is $500,000, which will cover less than half of the projected cost of the new facility. Foundation reserves and grant monies will make up the balance of the costs. Construction has begun and the foundation expects to take occupancy in the fall.

The new building will house the foundation’s operations and serve as a central location for the hemophilia and bleeding disorders community. Historical archives of the foundation will be restored and incorporated in the new facility. A permanent outdoor memorial will honor those who have lost their lives to hemophilia and its complications, including HIV and Hepatitis C.

“This foundation has met the considerable challenges forced upon us as a result of the tragic arson fire that destroyed our previous home in February 2002,” says HFM board president Shelley Gerson. “Our new home — in a facility for the first time owned by us — will enable the foundation to better serve the needs of the bleeding disorders community. It will also be a place that those with bleeding disorders can call home.”

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