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Alex Dowsett Keeps On Rolling

World-class cyclist reflects on how hemophilia shaped his path in sports in PPTA awareness campaign.

Cyclist Alex Dowsett
Courtesy of Team Katusha Alpecin

When Alex Dowsett was a toddler, his parents learned he had hemophilia. Later, the diagnosis led them to steer him toward swimming. He swam well and was in such good shape that he tried cycling.

Something clicked. Today, British-born Dowsett races for Israeli Cycling Academy after a stint with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN.

The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) featured Dowsett and other patients in a campaign called “How Is Your Day?” The group launched the campaign with the support of CSL Behring and PPTA's other global member companies. Its objectives were to differentiate plasma protein therapies from traditional pharmaceuticals and to showcase the value they provide to individuals with rare and serious conditions. The campaign offers information about the diseases treated by plasma protein therapeutics and emphasizes the essential role played by plasma donors. By explaining a vast majority of these therapies are derived from plasma, the campaign shows that plasma donors save lives every day.

Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, the PPTA plans to expand the campaign's outreach. Learn more by following the campaign's Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

A note that patients should always check with their healthcare provider before selecting a sport or physical activity.