August 15th, 2016
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Hello! My name is Run Chanthearithy, a 2015 SURO graduate, and I am from Cambodia. I’ve just finished my presentation on the topic “Teenager with Hemophilia,” during the multiple disciplinary sessions at the 2016 WFH World Congress in Orlando, Florida, US.
Becoming a speaker at a World Congress has been one of my dreams since I visited the last 2014 WFH Congress in Melbourne, Australia, with a Youth Fellowship Award. On the other hand, it was wonderful timing that I just completed my SURO program where I improved my presentation skills and many other things, so that I could apply those skills in my presentation in Orlando.
Since the first time that I received the invitation from WFH to deliver a presentation in the multiple disciplinary sessions, I did feel amazing because I already knew that I could share all of my experiences of being a person with hemophilia, as well as my community situation to a global audience and especially my diverse blood brothers. Because Cambodia does not have proper treatment and factor concentrates for people with hemophilia yet, and the Ministry of Health continues to ignore this issue, it was important for me to share. Even though it was the first time for me to present in front of an audience as big as this, I felt wonderful that I was given such a good opportunity.
While standing on the stage, I felt very nervous at the beginning, but everything turned out to be fabulous, and I was able to make a smooth presentation and share my journey of hemophilia, including aspects such as the basic body exercises I created. After finishing the presentation, I did get a warm applause from the audience, and I had the opportunity to talk directly with interested blood brothers from the audience, it was great.
Last but not least, I want to emphasize that it really meant the world to me, to become a speaker, because it fulfilled my dream. I do believe that what I have shared will be useful tools that benefit many of my blood brothers over the world, as well as their parents.