Men On A Mission Tour
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• Who are the Men On A Mission?
Mark Hackley and Tim Bullard are musicians on a mission.
Mark and Tim are committed to help others learn about blood clots. Their mission is to raise the awareness of blood clots, how they endanger lives and how life threatening situations can be avoided with a little knowledge. They want to travel around and tell music lovers all about it through their songs and personal stories.
• Why Blood Clot Awareness?
Mark was a 45 year old singer/songwriter living in Waynesboro, VA when he suffered a pulmonary embolus in June 2006. "I want people to know that you don't have to be old or ill to suffer a serious blood clot," Mark said. "I was performing a private concert in northern Virginia when I noticed a dull pain in my left calf. After a day of much more intense pain in my right chest area I was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (lung clot), most likely originating from a blood clot that formed in my leg," explained Mark.
During the 3-hour long concert, Hackley remained in an awkward position where, according to doctors, a new cowboy-style, calf-high boot most likely cut off or reduced the blood flow to his calf, thus allowing a blood clot to form. Sitting for long periods of time, injuries, and surgeries are all possible culprits for blood clots. There are a number of other risk factors for forming blood clots. "Having a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolus (PE) is a very serious situation, and I want to help increase awareness of DVT and PE so that others may prevent blood clots before they happen. In an effort to help promote DVT Awareness, I want to spread the word through my music.”
Tim has a similar story of a serious DVT, and wants to share the importance of knowing your genetic factors for blood clotting disorders with the public.
• Mark and Tim's Mission with Blood Clot Awareness
In September 2008, the Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. An introduction to the Surgeon General's action plan by the Secretary US Department of Health and Human Resources sums up the value and urgency for blood clot survivors like Mark Hackley to tell their story to the general public: "One of the biggest challenges relates to blood clots in the legs (a disease know as deep vein thrombosis or DVT), which can not only cause pain, swelling, and other discomfort, but also frequently travel to the lungs, causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism (PE). The best estimates indicate that 350,000 to 600,000 Americans each year suffer from DVT and PE, and that at least 100,000 deaths may be directly or indirectly related to these diseases. This is far too many, since many of these deaths can be avoided. Because the disease disproportionately affects older Americans, we can expect more suffering and more deaths in the future as our population ages–unless we do something about it...Too few Americans know what DVT or PE is, how to recognize the symptoms, or how to talk with their clinicians about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Too few health care professionals are aware of the evidence-based practices for identifying high-risk patients and providing preventive, diagnostic, or therapeutic services." (The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism, 2008)
The two men are everyday, normal guys. That's why they think their style of music and urgent health message will get through to many people in daily public shows in communities across Virginia. Music/ public education shows at public libraries and other venues will impact thousands of people. And just as important, they feel that their expertise in public relations and marketing will boost the important health message as they travels from city to city. Part of their daily routine will be calling and visiting with local media, promoting the urgency of DVT awareness. Not only will their message impact the general public, but also the health care industry itself. Their small venues will include meetings at medical centers, where physicians and nurses will have the opportunity to be reminded of this killer.
By pledging to sponsor the Man on a Mission Tour, sponsors will be making a valuable investment in responding to the Surgeon General's Call to Action. Sponsors will be recognized at all shows and at all public appearances during the music and health awareness tour. Also, sponsors will be posted on Mark's website on the Men On A Mission Tour link, and will be thanked in tour newsletters and blogs. There are even more marketing benefits by becoming a tour sponsor.
Help to keep Blood Clot Awareness strong in our country
while working together for a great cause!