Our Story

Save One Life was founded in 2000 by Laureen A. Kelley, author, president of LA Kelley Communications and mother of a son with hemophilia. In 1996 Laurie began visiting developing countries to train leaders to start national hemophilia foundations and to bring factor donations. Two incidences made her think it was possible to give direct financial aid to people with hemophilia in developing countries.

First, Lisa O’Connor, a mother of a child with hemophilia from New York, wrote to Laurie in 1999 and asked if it was possible to sponsor a child with hemophilia in another country. There existed no way to do that at the time. Second, later that year, Laurie visited Pakistan for the first time to do a leadership needs assessment. Visiting the two-room home of an impoverished family with hemophilia in Karachi, Laurie asked how she could help. The family had two sons with hemophilia, the eldest of which would be expected to support the entire family when the parents grew old, as is customary. The father requested $20 a month so that his eldest son, then only eight, could go to private school to learn English and get a good paying job. The idea for Save One Life was born at that moment!

A year later, Save One Life was incorporated. The name occurred to Laurie when she watched the movie "Schindler’s List," which cited the proverb “He who saves one life, saves the world,” found in the Talmud and the Koran. It’s the belief that we don’t have to focus on huge numbers and statistics, which may overwhelm us. Just focus on helping one person at a time.

Save One Life has grown steadily assisted more than 2,000 individuals and their families, sending more than $2.24 million overseas to 50 program partners in 15 developing countries. This has all been made possible by our more than 800 sponsors, and individual and corporate donors located in Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States!


Our Timeline
2001
• Laurie Kelley creates Save One Life and begins to build a board of directors with Ujjwal Bhattarai and Milton Kerstein, Esq. as founding board members.
• Sudha Chandrasekharan, formerly of the Hemophilia Federation India (HFI), volunteers as executive director. With Usha Parthasarathy, then vice president of development of HFI, they establish the first program partnerships with HFI chapters in Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Pune, India   with a total of 40 beneficiaries.
• Karin Agte and Lauren Safian (American Red Cross) join the board.
• The American Red Cross becomes first funder of Save One Life at $20,000 a year for five years.


2002
• Nepal Hemophilia Society joins as program partner.
• Dr. Peter Smith (Rhode Island Hospital) and Robert Summers (American Red Cross) join the board.


2003
• Save One Life receives its 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status.
• Frank Chiaravalloti hired as executive director.
• Sudha Chandrasekharan, Nicole Dugan (American Red Cross) and Barbara Gordon join the board.
• HFI chapters in Durgapur, Lucknow, Nasik and Vijayawada join as program partners.


2004
• Leah Jones hired as executive director.
• Milton Kerstein, Esq. joins the board.


2005
• Joel Whitman joins the board.
• Fundación Apoyo Al Hemofílico (FAHEM) in the Dominican Republic joins as program partner.
• Field trips to Dominican Republic and India.
• FFF Enterprises and Novo Nordisk become first corporate donors of Save One Life.
Sponsored beneficiaries: 111


2006
• Jeannine Cardoza hired as executive director.
• Gayle Bond, Leah Jones and Patrick Schmidt join the board.
• Belize Hemophilia Society, S.T.A.R. Children Relief (Romania), Pakistan Patients Welfare Society – Karachi, Pakistan Patients Welfare Society –   Lahore and HFI Chapters in Mumbai and Angamaly join as program partners.
• Field trips to Belize and Romania.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 177


2007
• James Ellard, Robert Maunus, Greg Williams (all from New England BioLabs) and Mark Zatyrka join the board.
• Pakistan Patients Welfare Society – Islamabad/Rawalpindi joins as program partner
• Field trips to India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
• Bayer HealthCare and New England BioLabs become corporate donors.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 239


2008
• Laurie Kelley receives the “Breakthrough Spirit” Award from the Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation.
• Christopher C. Lamb, Dr. Donna DiMichele and Tara K. Reddi join the board.
• Zimbabwe Hemophilia Association and HFI chapters in Coimbatore, Trichy and Varanasi join as program partners.
• First grant awarded to camp “Yes, I Can!” in the Dominican Republic.
• Field trips to Dominican Republic and the Philippines.
• Patrick Schmidt, CEO of FFF Enterprises, awarded first Sponsor of the Year.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 356
• Camp grants: 1


2009
• Martha Hopewell hired as executive director, Zoraida Rosado joins as administrative assistant and Usha Parthasarathy becomes the India     Program Coordinator as a volunteer.
• Dr. Kapil Saxena (Boston Children’s Hospital) and Jessica Swann (Biogen Idec) join the board.
• Office established in Georgetown, Massachusetts.
• Hemophilia Association of the Philippines for Love and Service, Hemophilia Association of the Philippines-Cebu, Little Children of the   Philippines, Jose Memorial Hemophilia Society-Kenya and HFI chapters in Bangalore, Davangere, Hyderabad, Kunnamkulam and Pondicherry   join as program partners.
• First grant awarded to Camp Ray of Hope in Romania.
• Field trips to Kenya and Pakistan.
• Neil Herson, president of ASD Healthcare, awarded Sponsor of the Year.
• Octapharma becomes first Platinum corporate donor.
Sponsored beneficiaries: 560
• Camp grants: 2


2010
• Tricia Sico hired as sponsorship manager.
• Thomas L. Moran (Access Therapeutics) joins the board.
• Sociedad Hondureña de Hemofilia (Honduras), Blood Brothers Aid (Philippines) and HFI chapters in Bhubaneswar, Durgapur, Manipal,   Rajkot and Tirunelveli join as program partners.
• Field trips to India and Kenya
• First Program Partner of the Year awarded to the Nepal Hemophilia Society at World Federation of Hemophilia Congress in Buenos Aires,   Argentina.
• Diane Horbacz and family awarded Sponsor of the Year.
• CSL Behring becomes a corporate donor.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 680
• Camp grants: 3 


2011
• Chris Bombardier, Dr. Paul Giangrande, Eric Hill (BioRx), John Menapace (Kedrion), Bonnie Jean Perkins (Biogen Idec) and Dutta Satadip (Google, Inc.) join the board.
• HFI chapter in Guwahathi joins as program partner
• Field trip to Kenya.
• HAPI-Cebu, Philippines awarded Program Partner of the Year.
• “Decade of Dedication” Gala at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts celebrates Save One Life’s 10th anniversary.
• Eileen Morrow of Springfield, Massachusetts (mother of founder Laurie Kelley) and her family honored for making the first endowment gift of a parcel of land to Save One Life—establishing the Florence Ashe Hogan Memorial Endowment Fund.
• Wolfgang Marguerre, chairman of Octapharma, awarded Sponsor of the Year.
• Save One Life at NHF Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
• First “CEO Kilimanjaro Challenge” raises $66,000.
• Chris Bombardier raises funds for Save One Life while becoming the first American with hemophilia to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro.
• LeadUP! youth fundraising program established with grant from Octapharma.
• Judith Faitek of California makes first planned giving gift to Save One Life, in honor of her late husband, Leon Faitek.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 900
• Camp grants: 1


2012
• Hemophilia Association of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines joins as program partner.
• Scholarship program established to assist students with higher education.
• Field trips to Philippines and Zimbabwe.
• S.T.A.R. Children Relief awarded Program Partner of the Year.
• “First Family of Hemophilia” gala at The Commons 1854 in Topsfield, Massachusetts to honor the Massie Family and the publishing of Bob   Massie’s book: A Song in the Night.
• First Save One Life Inspiration Award presented to Suzanne Massie and son Bob Massie.
• Nelson Escoto/BDRN awarded Sponsor of the Year.
• Save One Life at NHF Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida
• “Wheels for the World” launched with Barry Haarde, who becomes the first person with hemophilia to cycle across the United States.   Distance: 3,667 miles. Amount raised: $40,000. Baxter Healthcare is the lead sponsor.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 1004
• Scholarships: 28
• Camp grants: 2


2013
• Nancy Morrison hired as bookkeeper.
• Haemophilia Foundation of Nigeria and Ghana Hemophilia Society join as program partners.
• Field trips to Ghana, India and Nigeria.
• HFI chapter in Kunnamkulam awarded Program Partner of the Year.
• “Dedication Circle”created to recognize sponsors with 10 or more beneficiaries.
• “Spring Celebration” gala at the historic Exchange in Boston Massachusetts.
• Inspiration Award presented to Chris Bombardier.
• Richard G. Gaton/BDI Pharma awarded Sponsor of the Year.
• Save One Life at NHF annual meeting in Anaheim, CA.
• “Wheels for the World: Fast & Furious!” fundraiser with Barry Haarde. Distance: 2,456. Amount raised: $37,600.
• Chris Bombardier initiates his “Seven Summits Quest” and raises funds for Save One Life by becoming the first person with hemophilia to summit Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina and Mt. Elbrus in Russia.
• ASD Healthcare, Biogen Hemophilia and BioRx become corporate donors.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 1,020
• Scholarships: 40
• Camp grants 3


2014
• Carl Trenz (Octapharma) joins the board.
• Cambodia Hemophilia Association joins as program partner.
• Micro-enterprise Grant (MEG) program introduced to assist families to increase their monthly income.
• Field trips to Cambodia, Honduras, Kenya, Nepal and the Philippines.
• HFI chapter in Pondicherry awarded Program Partner of the Year.
• One Life at a Time Celebration at Marriot Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
• Inspiration Award presented to Mark W. Skinner, former presdent of World Federation of Hemophilia.
• Judith Faitek of California awarded Sponsor of the Year.
• Booth at NHF’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
• “Wheels for the World: Big Wheels Keeps On Turnin” fundraiser with Barry Haarde. Distance: 2,904. Amount raised: $48,000.
• “Seven Summits Quest” fundraiser with Chris Bombardier. Save One Life supports Chris’s Denali climb in Alaska. Amount raised: $30,000.
• Milestone: Save One Life reaches over 400 donors and sponsors from 11 countries.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 1,140
• Scholarships: 40
• MEGs: 8
• Camp grants: 3


2015
• Kristy Burns hired as bookkeeper and Lani Aldrich as executive assistant.
• Daniel Stellar (Nature Conservancy) and David Kyne (KYNE, Inc.) join the board.
• HFI chapter in Dehra Dun joins as program partner.
• Field trips to Honduras, India, Nepal and Romania.
• “One Life at a Time” celebration at Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.
• Inspiration Award presented to Reverend Donald Kill.
• Michele Piotrowski of Illinois awarded Sponsor of the Year.
• Nineteen sponsors recognized for supporting beneficiaries for ten years.
• Booth at NHF Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas.
• “Wheels for the World: Piles of Miles” fundraiser with Barry Haarde. Distance: 4,300. Amount raised: $40,000.
• Nepal Earthquake Relief campaign assists hemophilia families affected by the earthquakes. Amount raised: $15,000.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 1,144
• Scholarships: 30
• MEGs: 8
• Camp grants: 3


2016
• Marelle Hart becomes volunteer Europe development liaison
• Myrish Cadapan-Antonio (Harvard Kennedy School) and Mohammed Hoque (Cotrill’s Pharmacy) join the board.
• Hemophilia Society of Bangladesh and Haemophilia Foundation of Uganda join as program partners.
• -Field trips to Cambodia, India, Philippines and Uganda.
• 15th Anniversary Gala at the Manhattan Penthouse, New York City. Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Tony Fernandez special guest.
• Inspiration Award presented to Usha Parthasarathy.
• Eric Hill awarded Sponsor of the Year.
• Fifteen sponsors recognized for supporting beneficiaries for ten years.
• Booth at WFH Congress in Orlando, Florida.
• International luncheon for program partner representatives at WFH Congress.
• -Sociedad Hondureña Hemofilia awarded Partner of the Year.
• “Wheels for the World: Saving Lives by the Mile” fundraiser with Barry Haarde. Distance: 5,000. Amount raised: $52,000.
• Second “CEO Kilimanjaro Challenge” raises over $84,000.
• FFF Enterprises first to make multi-year corporate pledge at the Diamond level.
• Employees and management of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals raise over $52,000 for Save One Life at their holiday auction.
• Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Baxalta—a part of Shire and Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group become corporate sponsors.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 1350
• Scholarships: 32
• -MEGs: 7
• -Camp grants: 4


2017
• Jodi Weeks hired as development assistant, Heather Klee as program assistant and Christopher "James" Mabuyo engaged as Philippines program coordinator.
• New office established in Groveland, MA.
• Field trips to Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Honduras, Nigeria and Pakistan.
• Lawrence and Rebecca Stern awarded Sponsor of the Year.
• Thirteen sponsors recognized for supporting beneficiaries for ten years.
• Booths at American Association of Blood Banks in San Diego, California; American Hemophilia Foundation in Providence, Rhode Island;   American Society of Hematology in Atlanta, Georgia; NHF Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
• “Wheels for the World—Call of the Wild” fundraiser with Barry Haarde. Distance: 1,000. Amount raised: $35,000. In six years Barry made history by riding over 20,000 miles and raising over $250,000.
• “Seven Summits Quest” fundraiser with Chris Bombardier. Chris made history by becoming the first person with hemophilia to climb Mt.   Everest. 75 children sponsored and over $13,000 raised in his honor.
• Sponsored beneficiaries: 1419
• Scholarships: 53
• MEGs: 20
• Camp grants: 4