OUR STORY

The Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan (HFM) strives to improve the quality of life for all people affected by hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, other coagulation disorders, and related complications.

HFM was founded in 1956 as an all-volunteer chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, and in 1969, started the first-ever summer camp for children with bleeding disorders, now called Camp Bold Eagle. Our camp mission, which carries over to all our youth programming, is to educate and empower children, teens, and young adults with bleeding disorders to live a life of freedom and independence.

In addition to traditional camp activities, we pride ourselves on offering a can-do experience at camp. Adult leaders, often impacted by bleeding disorders themselves, together with compassionate medical care providers, come together to provide safe, yet challenging experiences for our campers. By learning how to manager their disorders, campers are able to take “Eagle Steps” toward possibilities rather than limitations.

HFM’s camping programs have now grown to seven weeks of camp each summer in order to provide the magic of camp to more than 200 children and adults with bleeding disorders.

MEET THE HFM STAFF

Susan Fenters Lerch

Executive Director // slerch@hfmich.org

Susan Fenters Lerch is an accomplished leader who has served in the non-profit sector for more than three decades. Sue joined HFM as the Executive Director in June 2014; however she came to this role having previously served as the HFM Associate Director from 1983-1996. As the Executive Director, Susan not only oversees all of the camping programs, but she is responsible for statewide patient educational programming and advocacy services and also serves as the Great Lakes and Region V-East Hemophilia Treatment Centers’ Regional Director.

Tim Wicks

Camp Director/Youth Services Manager // twicks@hfmich.org

Tim Wicks is the Camp Director and Youth Services Manager for the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan. He is responsible for the year round components of Camp Bold Eagle, Eagle Outpost, Eagle Expedition, Eagle Quest, and the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program. Tim was raised outside of Deshler, Ohio and holds a BS from Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to HFM, he was employed as Outdoor Education Instructor at Michindoh Camp and Conference Center. Tim has worked with HFM as a camp staff member since 2000, and even participated in the camping programs as a teenager. He also has severe hemophilia A.

Anthony Stevens

Educational Services Manager/ Associate Camp Director // astevens@hfmich.org

Anthony is the Educational Services Manager/Associate Camp Director at HFM.

Amy Hepper

MD Medical Director

Dr. Hepper oversees all of HFM’s camping programs as the Medical Director, specifically managing the medical students who serve as counselors, as well as being responsible for the medical care provided at camp. She is a pediatrician at the University of Michigan Critical Care Special Services department. Dr. Hepper attended the University of Michigan medical school, where she completed a rotation at Camp Bold Eagle as part of her medical school training, and later returned as a Resident Physician for another summer at Camp Bold Eagle.

Diana Mathis

RN Health Center Director

Diana Mathis is the Health Center Director for HFM’s camping programs. She serves at the University of Michigan Pediatric Hemophilia Treatment Center as a Nurse Coordinator. Diana has led the Health Center at camp since the early 2000s. She now oversees and coordinates the efforts of all the healthcare professionals involved in the camping programs in order to create the safest, healthiest, and most educational environment possible.

PARTNER HTCS

The following HTCs partner with HFM in providing health care to our campers

  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Detroit Receiving Hospital
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • West Michigan Cancer Center/Bronson
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Michigan State University
  • Munson Medical Center
  • University of Michigan
  • Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron
  • Columbus Children’s Hospital
  • Dayton Children’s Medical Center
  • Toledo Hospital/ Children’s Medical Center
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center (previously UHHS Cleveland)
  • Ohio State University Medical Center
  • Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center