Debbie de la Riva
I have been in the community since my son was born with severe hemophilia 26 years ago. I have worked with the National Hemophilia Foundation serving on committees and as Executive Director of the Lone Star Chapter. I founded Mental Health Matters Too, spreading awareness and knowledge of mental health challenges in the bleeding disorder community. I consult on mental health content creation, including Believe Limited's Let's Talk: Mental Health. I live in Houston with my husband, Jorge, and sponsor three children with Save One Life.
I have severe hemophilia A. I am a husband and father of two beautiful young girls. I have been working in the developmental disabilities field for over ten years and currently work as an investigator of abuse and neglect. I am also an avid endurance athlete, competing in races ranging from triathlon to obstacle course races. My goal is to raise more awareness for the bleeding disorder community and show the endless capabilities one can achieve through healthy living and consistent training.
I am the parent of three boys, one of whom has hemophilia B. I have over 10 years of volunteer experience with many different organizations, primarily focused on families and children. Through my work, I am committed to helping families with depression, anxiety, and other stressors that affect their lives. I am a Licensed Social worker and earned my Masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana, Champaign. I also love cooking, baking, traveling, and doing adventure sports.
I am 28 years old and from Lafayette, Louisiana. I have VonWillebrands type three, and I am also a registered nurse. I want to bring a global awareness to treatment access for bleeding disorders and be an advocate for my blood brothers and sisters around the world.
I was born and raised in Germany and moved to the US after high school. My husband Shannon and I have 2 children; Aiden and Isabella, both have hemophilia A. I have been an active member of different charitable organizations in numerous states on various levels. I am looking forward to getting involved again in the bleeding disorder community.
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