Who We Are


Each year, nearly 400 adults and children in the bleeding disorder community from across Ohio come together to share an incredible weekend of education, activities, networking and fun! FAMOHIO, Inc. starts its planning each calendar year, meeting quarterly or as needed, to develop the best weekend possible.


FAMOHIO,Inc. annually recognizes individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to or impact in the bleeding disorders community. If you know of an individual or organization, deserving such an award, please submit a nomination identifying the person and explaining why that person should receive an award to info@famohio.org.


Many volunteer hours of hard work are donated by the Planning Committee, including dozens of community members, interested parties, industry groups and the FAMOHIO, Inc. Board of Directors.

FAMOHIO, INC. Founding Fathers

In March of 1992, during the AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) crises, six men came together to discuss their future and the future of their blood brothers. These men all carried the diagnosis of hemophilia and as a result of treatment for hemophilia had contracted HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Instead of wallowing in self-pity they channeled their anger and feelings toward a positive goal. These men believed education was the key to ensuring the future for all people affected with bleeding disorders. In the summer of 1992, their creation, a state-wide, educational symposium was held called FAMOHIO. That year, FAMOHIO was the acronym for “first annual meeting of hemophiliacs in Ohio.” Going forward, FAMOHIO became known as “family annual meeting of hemophiliacs in Ohio.”

In the beginning the attendees generally carried the diagnosis of hemophilia. As time progressed the meeting grew in size to include people and families living or treated in Ohio with numerous bleeding disorders. The FAMOHIO founders believed that an annual meeting of people/families with bleeding disorders provided opportunities for shared information and increased knowledge through education and camaraderie. The current FAMOHIO board shares the founders’ beliefs.

The positive rippling effects of FAMOHIO are difficult to quantify. However, attendees largely agree that the FAMOHIO experience provides increased knowledge and a better understanding of how to live with a bleeding disorder.