They have different backgrounds, but Team Novo8™ members all live with hemophilia, so they know how challenging it can be. These ambassadors are sharing their experiences to provide encouragement, motivation, and support. They’re involved in the hemophilia community, and partner with Novo Nordisk to speak to patients and caregivers, and take part in community initiatives.
Meet Team Novo8™.
Hear their stories. Find inspiration.
“The room temperature of Novoeight® has allowed me to take it with me and not need to keep it in a cooler. In my experience, Novoeight® has been quick to prepare.”
Daniel DeRatto was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A at 5 months. As a boy, he learned that having hemophilia didn't have to be awkward; that most people would treat him the same as anyone else. To further encourage Daniel to take control of his condition, his mother, Patricia, actively supported his desire to play sports. Daniel understands the challenges of transitioning into adulthood while living with hemophilia. His mission is to speak to young children and teenagers about how to deal with the challenges of growing up with hemophilia.
“I decided to switch to Novoeight®. It really matched my lifestyle. I can take it with me easily on my bike or in my car.”
Vaughn Ripley was diagnosed with mild hemophilia A at 18 months old. Growing up, his energetic and curious personality was a challenge because hemophilia limited his activities and left him feeling like he was “bubble-wrapped”. Hemophilia treatment was different when Vaughn was young and his treatments often took 8 hours a day at the hospital. As a teenager, he contracted HIV from contaminated products and was told he had less than 2 years to live. Although initially shaken by this news, Vaughn is not one to quit and now has his conditions under control. As an adult, Vaughn is passionate about staying fit through diet and exercise as well as sharing his story with the world. He also values a treatment that he can conveniently take with him as he safely lives the active life he’s always craved.
“ I know I have a treatment plan that’s in place for me, and I can still do those same activities and then embrace my hemophilia.”
Brian Almquist was diagnosed with hemophilia A at an early age. Because of the great support from the staff at his hemophilia treatment center, he learned how to be cautious while remaining very active. Throughout his life, Brian hasn't allowed hemophilia to limit his love of outdoor activities. Attending conferences, camps, and other hemophilia community events has also expanded his network of support and friendship. Brian's mission is to speak with families about his experiences living with hemophilia to remind them that they are not alone.
“ I can take Novoeight® on the go and use it up to 4 hours after being mixed. Having a medication that fits into my busy lifestyle is important to me.”
Eric George was diagnosed with hemophilia A when he was born. Growing up in a family with 4 siblings who all have hemophilia taught him that the condition doesn't have to be a negative experience or stop you from achieving goals. In fact, he built a strong network around himself in the hemophilia community and he believes in the power of sharing experiences. His mission is to help others with bleeding disorders learn how to push past their challenges and live their lives.