Ameritas Honors Hemophila A Advocate With $20K Grant to NHF

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Jim Christensen Jr., a hemophilia A patient who has supported the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) for more than three decades, has received the Lester A. Rosen Humanitarian and Achievement Award, given annually by Ameritas, for which he is an independent financial representative.

With the award, the insurance company will grant $20,000 to the NHF in Christensen’s name. The grant will boost the nonprofit organization’s efforts to find more treatments and cures for blood disorders, and to generally support patients through research, education, and advocacy.

Ameritas has presented the Rosen Award annually since 1996 to an independent Ameritas financial representative who has attained a high degree of professional success and is extraordinarily committed to community service. The award was created to honor Rosen’s service to the insurance industry, Ameritas, and his Omaha, Nebraska, community.

“Jim exemplifies what is so special about the inheritable blood disorders community,” Leonard Valentino, MD, NHF’s president and CEO, said in a press release. “His boundless compassion for others has led him to a career with Ameritas that helps others, and a passion for raising awareness and providing education around hemophilia and similar chronic diseases.”

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Christensen, who lives in Omaha, was chosen for the award for his more than 30 years of involvement with the foundation — beginning with the Nebraska chapter — as well as for his professional achievements.

Wanting to do something on the national level, Christensen four years ago established inSourceRx, a philanthropy-focused prescription medicine discount program. When customers fill prescriptions through inSourceRx, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to foundations and nonprofits — and customers receive medications at a discount.

“This honor shows how Jim has successfully combined his career and passion and has ultimately made a positive difference in the lives of countless families,” Valentino said.

People who have hemophilia A, which is caused by a missing or defective clotting protein called factor VIII, tend to bleed longer and more profusely than people without the blood disorder.

Born with this condition, Christensen used a wheelchair and crutches as a child. Today, he is president of inSOURCE.

“The support from the National Hemophilia Foundation has been so far reaching,” Christensen said. “It really is just an honor to be able to help support this community that means so much to me.”