Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia (GT) Symposia

Individuals with Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia (GT) are a very small group within the bleeding disorder community with a unique set of needs for education, advocacy and support.  The GT Summit is intended to bring those affected by this very rare bleeding disorder together to establish a community.  Over the years, CHES has seen the benefits of these programs for families and individuals where participants finally feel as though there is someone else out there who truly understands their unique needs.

Thanks to the support of an educational grant from Novo Nordisk, CHES can provide this program to individuals and their families at absolutely no cost.  See the FAQs below for more details.

Join us for a weekend of education, support, and fun for those affected by GT and their families.


What To Expect

Fly into the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Friday morning/afternoon, followed by a 15-minute transport to the Newport News Marriott, where we will be staying for the weekend.

After check-in and registration, we will get together for dinner to make new friends, connect with FaceBook friends and begin the process of creating a support network for the GT community.

After breakfast on Saturday morning, our full day of sessions begins with speakers on topics such as Glanzmann’s Thrombosthenia 101, caregiver needs, self-infusion, your child’s school needs, and more!

Childcare will be provided for children ages 0-12 with a field trip for ages 3-12 to the Virginia Living Museum.

Teens will have their own separate track.   Saturday evening, we will enjoy a little free time, dinner, and entertainment as we continue building relationships within the community.

Sunday morning, we will finish off the weekend with a wrap-up and goodbyes.


November 2 - 4, 2018
South Carolina

2018 Registration: CLOSED

We are disappointed to inform the GT community that CHES could NOT obtain funding this year for the Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia Symposium.  We are hopeful for next year.  Please sign-up for reminders for up-to-date info on this program.


We can send you reminders when new information is released about camp, such as dates, locations, and the start of open registration.

Complete your communications profile to choose what you want to keep up on.

Applicants must pre-register for screening purposes before completing the primary registration requirements. Act promptly to reserve your spot, as this is a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have not already done so, please sign up to receive GT Alerts for announcements on this program via email and/or text. You’ll be the first to know the details for current / future programs.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying registrants, so we encourage you to act promptly. Please note, this is a regional program. Please see “Who can attend” in the FAQs below for geographical restrictions. Thank you for visiting us!

For questions on who can attend and more: 

View the Frequently Asked Questions below
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Call (781) 878-8561

*If you’ve completed the notification sign-up form in the past, it is not necessary to fill it out again. We keep your information to use each and every year!  If your information has changed, please complete this form once again.


Who can attend?
Anyone with a diagnosis Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia and their immediate family (those who live under the same household.)

Where is the nearest hospital?
The Riverside Regional Medical Center is just 7 minutes away.

Will the location be accessible to wheelchairs and other mobility devices?

Will there be medical coverage?
The nearest HTC’s include the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters just45 minutes away and the Virginia Commonwealth University – just over an hour away.

How much does it cost to attend?
There are no costs associated with attending.  Travel related expenses including tolls, mileage and parking will be reimbursed. Air transportation will be arranged for you.  All meals will be provided on site.


What should I bring?

Your factor and supplies, as there will not be any on site.  Also bring your enthusiasm and willingness to reach out so we can learn from each other!

Will there be child care available?
Childcare will be provided on site during educational sessions for ages 0-2.  A field trip is available for children ages 3-12, and teens will have their own separate sessions all weekend.

What about patient confidentiality?
Information that you share or hear will be treated with the utmost respect and never disclosed without your permission.  We want participants to feel comfortable so that we may support one another.