Team Captain, Stephanie, and her family joined the Unite for Bleeding Disorders Walk in 2019 under the name Sammi’s Supporters. This will be their third time walking with the community! This year, they’ve changed their team name from Sammi’s Supporters to Factor 5 to celebrate Samantha, Stephanie, and their newborn son, Lev. All three members
Sammi’s Supporters are inspired by three-year old Samantha who is diagnosed with von Willebrand Disease (VWD). At 5 weeks old, her family discovered bruises on her body. After many tests, she was formally diagnosed at 18 months old. Around that time, Samantha’s mom, Stephanie, found out she also has VWD and so does her grandmother!