Our Origins


Save One Life was founded in 2000 by Laureen A. Kelley, a mother of a child with hemophilia who has witnessed first-hand the devastating and crippling effects of hemophilia in young children in developing countries. Laurie is the author of numerous parenting and children's books on bleeding disorders, and president of LA Kelley Communications, Inc.

During her many trips to developing countries from 1996-2000 while educating patients about hemophilia, Laurie realized that more immediate help was needed. Her company began donating medicine to stop bleeds, and soon was donating millions of dollars worth. Laurie also saw that patients required funds for basic necessities: food, vitamins, school fees and transportation to clinics. Most patients Laurie encountered lived in households earning about $1 a day.

Laurie believed that families with hemophilia in wealthier countries, with better resources and adequate healthcare, would be willing to help once they understood the suffering of people with hemophilia in developing countries. Her idea was modeled after other child sponsorship agencies, in which sponsors donate a monthly amount to support an individual. Today more than 400 sponsors in the United States, Australia, England, Canada, Italy, Sweden and Qatar share Laurie's belief and share their compassion and resources with more than 1050 families in 12 countries.


Timeline


2014


  • Welcomed Cambodia as our 13th program country
  • Increased the total number of sponsored beneficiaries by 12% to 1,140
  • Distributed $269,740 in beneficiary sponsorships
  • Awarded a total of $22,300 to 40 scholarship recipients in India, Kenya, Ghana, Romania, Cambodia, Nepal and the Philippines
  • Awarded 3 Smile on Summer hemophilia camp grants for a total of $6,000 to Nigeria, Romania and India
  • Traveled to Cambodia, the Philippines, Honduras, Nepal and Kenya to assess the status of program partners and meet beneficiaries
  • Awarded 2014 Program Partner of the Year to HFI Pondicherry Chapter in Tamil Nadu, India
  • Awarded 2014 Sponsor of the Year to Judith Faitek of San Diego, CA
  • Recognized 32 sponsors who have supported beneficiaries consistently for five years
  • Presented 2014 Save One Life Inspiration Award to Mark W. Skinner
  • Raised $154,000 in corporate grants and contributions
  • Raised $76,000 net revenues from Wheels for the World 2013, the Denali Quest and One Life at a Time Celebration
  • Supported two LeadUP! program activities led by Evan Poole and Shawn Whelan, respectively


2013


  • Welcomed Ghana as our 12th program country
  • Increased the total number of sponsored beneficiaries to 1021
  • Awarded $18,500 to 40 scholarship recipients in India, Kenya, Ghana and the Philippines
  • Provided Smile on Summer hemophilia camp grants to Kids Kampout in Nigeria, Camp Ray of Hope in Romania and Camp "Yes I Can" in the Dominican Republic
  • Provided one capacity-building grant to the Hemophilia Association of Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines
  • Traveled to Nigeria, Ghana and India to assess the status of program partners and meet beneficiaries
  • Awarded Program Partner of the Year to HFI Kunnamkulam Chapter in Kerala, India
  • Awarded 2012 Sponsor of the Year to BDI Pharma
  • Recognized 25 sponsors who have supported beneficiaries consistently for five years
  • Presented second Save One Life Inspiration Award to mountaineer Chris Bombardier for his Seven Summits Quest
  • Raised $147,000 in corporate core services donations
  • Raised $79,200 net revenues from Wheels for the World 2013 and the Spring Celebration
  • Welcomed Nancy Morrison as Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper


2012


  • Increased total number of sponsored beneficiaries by 11% to 1004
  • Welcomed Nigeria as our 11th program country
  • Coordinated program activities with now 40 program partners
  • Introduced the Post-Secondary Scholarship Program and awarded scholarships totaling $14,200 to 28 students in India, Kenya and the Philippines
  • Provided hemophilia camp grants to Camp Ray of Hope in Romania and Camp "Yes I Can" in the Dominican Republic
  • Provided two capacity-building grants to Blood Brothers Aid and the Hemophilia Association of Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines
  • Awarded 2012 Program Partner of the Year to S.T.A.R. Children Relief (Romania)
  • Traveled to Philippines to assess the status of program partners and meet beneficiaries
  • Traveled to Zimbabwe to assess the status of Zimbabwe Haemophilia Association
  • Awarded 2012 Sponsor of the Year to Nelson Escoto and Bleeding Disorders Resource Network
  • Raised $109,000 in corporate donations
  • Raised $91,200 net through the First Family of Hemophilia Event and Wheels for the World 2012
  • Presented first Save One Life Inspiration Award to Suzanne and Bob Massie at the First Family of Hemophilia spring event
  • Launched Wheels for the World with Barry Haarde, who became the first person with hemophilia and HIV to ride a bicycle across the United States
  • Matthew Horbacz of Ocean Township became the first LeadUP! volunteer . Through "Matthew's Mission" Matthew and his family secured 42 sponsorships and raised nearly $2,000.
  • Welcomed Michelle Higson as Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper


2011


  • Increased total number of sponsored beneficiaries by 32% to 900
  • Provided hemophilia camp grants to Camp Ray of Hope in Romania and Camp "Yes I Can" in the Dominican Republic
  • Awarded 2011 Program Partner of the Year to Hemophilia Association of the Philippines - Cebu
  • Introduced the Post-Secondary Scholarship Program and awarded scholarships totaling $14,200 to 28 students in India, Kenya and the Philippines
  • Traveled to Kenya to undertake the Kilimanjaro Challenge climb and visit the Jose Memorial
  • Traveled to Haemophilia Society - Kenya and beneficiaries
  • Awarded 2011 Sponsor of the Year to Wolfgang Marguerre of Octapharma
  • Presented sponsor Eileen Morrow of Massachusetts with Save One Life's first Endowment Award for her gift of land valued at nearly $500,000
  • Raised $128,000 in corporate donations
  • Raised $152,000 through the Decade of Dedication Gala and the Kilimanjaro Challenge events
  • Received first planned gift from Judy Faitek of California
  • Celebrated Save One Life's first ten years at the Decade of Dedication Gala
  • Introduced the LeadUP! youth leadership and fundraising program
  • Welcomed Chris Bombardier, Dr. Paul Giangrande, Eric Hill, John Menapace, Bonnie Jean Perkins and Dutta Satadip to the board of directors


2010


  • Increased total number of sponsored beneficiaries by 21% to 680
  • Welcomed Honduras as our tenth program country
  • Underwrote summer infusion camps in Manila, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao, Philippines
  • Provided hemophilia camp grants to Vijayawada Chapter, India and Camp "Yes, I Can!" in the Dominican Republic
  • Sponsored a luncheon for program partners attending the World Federation of Hemophilia Conference in Argentina
  • Awarded 2010 Program Partner of the Year to the Nepal Hemophilia Society
  • Traveled to:
    • Kenya to assist in enrollment of first Save One Life beneficiaries
    • Haiti to assess feasibility of opening our sponsorship program in Cap Haitien
    • China to assess feasibility of opening our sponsorship program in Shanghai
    • Egypt to visit beneficiary Tamer Hanna
    • India to visit and assess the performance of nine program partners
  • India to visit and assess the performance of nine program partners
  • Raised $122,000 in corporate donations
  • Raised over $13,000 at the Bollywood Chic! fundraising event in New York City
  • Created a Save One Life Facebook fan page with 147 active monthly users by December 2010
  • Launched a promotional campaign with ads appearing in FFF Enterprise's BioSupply, LA Kelley Communications' Parent Empowerment Newsletter, HFA's Dateline Federation, and several hemophilia chapter newsletters
  • Welcomed Thomas L. Moran and Dr. Kapil Saxena to the board of directors
  • Welcomed Patricia Sico as sponsorship manager


2009


  • Increased total number of sponsored beneficiaries by 57% to 560
  • Welcomed Kenya as our ninth program country
  • Added Jose Memorial Haemophilia Society-Kenya, Blood Brothers Aid in Pasay City, the Philippines and Kunnamkulam Chapter, Kerala, India for a total of 32 program partners.
  • Established the India Outreach Program and engaged a volunteer program coordinator and paid sponsorship assistant based in India
  • Provided hemophilia camp grants to Camp Ray of Hope in Romania and Camp "Yes I Can" in the Dominican Republic
  • Received a grant from Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation for outreach work in Tanzania
  • Traveled to Kenya to establish a partnership with the Jose Memorial Hemophilia Society
  • Traveled to Tanzania to provide technical assistance to the Haemophilia Society of Tanzania
  • Awarded 2009 Sponsor of the Year to Neil Herson of ASD Healthcare
  • Received our first platinum ($40,000 and above) corporate core services sponsorship from Octapharma
  • Raised $102,500 in corporate donations
  • Welcomed Kapil Saxena, M.D. and Jessica Swann to the Board of Directors
  • Welcomed Martha Hopewell as Executive Director
  • Welcomed Usha Parthasarathy as India Program Coordinator
  • Moved into our office located at 65 Central Street in Georgetown, MA


2008


  • Increased total number of sponsored beneficiaries by 49% to 356
  • Welcomed Zimbabwe as our eighth program country
  • Provided a hemophilia camp grant to Camp "Yes I Can" in the Dominican Republic
  • Awarded 2008 Program Partner of the Year to Hemophilia Chapter Vijayawada, India
  • Traveled to Philippines to meet beneficiaries and establish program partners
  • Traveled to Dominican Republic to participate in Camp "Yes, I Can!"
  • Awarded 2008 Sponsor of the Year to Patrick Schmidt of FFF Enterprises
  • Save One Life interviewed on 104.9 FM, WBOQ
  • Recognized by the Texas Central Hemophilia Association, donation of $1,000 given
  • Recognized and awarded at the Breakthrough Ball by the Children's Cancer and Blood Foundation, New York City
  • Produced first press release (announcing Breakthrough Ball award)
  • Raised $66,000 in corporate donations
  • Raised $13,300 to sponsor eleven beneficiaries for five years at a fundraiser at the Marlborough Gallery, NYC.
  • Welcomed Christopher Lamb, Robert Maunus, Tara Reddi and Donna DiMichele to the board of directors


2007


  • Increased total number of sponsored beneficiaries by 35% to 239
  • Added 3 new program partners in Pakistan
  • Traveled to India to meet beneficiaries and establish program partners
  • Traveled to Pakistan to meet beneficiaries and establish program partners
  • Traveled to Zimbabwe to assess readiness for program partnership
  • Promoted in The Concentrate, Dateline Federation, and Humsafar, the magazine of Pakistan International Airlines
  • Raised $78,000 in corporate donations
  • Raised $10,000 at an annual event
  • Welcomed Jim Ellard, Greg Williams and Mark Zatyrka to the board of directors


2006


  • Increased the total number of sponsored beneficiaries by 59% to 177
  • Welcomed Belize, Romania and Pakistan as our fifth, sixth and seventh program partner countries
  • Traveled to Romania to establish program partner and meet beneficiaries
  • Traveled to Belize to establish program partner and meet beneficiaries
  • Presented Save One Life at the TMB Rotary Club
  • Raised $48,000 in corporate donations
  • Welcomed Gayle Bond, Leah Jones and Patrick Schmidt to the board of directors
  • Welcomed Jeannine Cardoza as executive director