Glavin has persevered through his hemophilia A and was selected to golf in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) State Golf Championship. And this winter, in addition to being named captain of Perkiomen’s swim team, he qualified for the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championship meet.
“My coaches are all aware that I have hemophilia, but they know I have a pretty good handle on things. I do feel very fortunate that Perkiomen has a fantastic athletic trainer, Mrs. Brault,” Glavin says, who adds that Brault and his mom, Meredith, are on a “texting basis” to make sure his needs are being met.
Besides his coaches, Glavin also has found support through Hagstrom.
“He’s always taken time to get to know me during my clinic visits. In addition to knowing all about my treatment history and plan, he also seems very interested in my academics and activities,” Glavin says. “He even offered to help me on my medical capstone project for Perkiomen’s Medical Institute program. I think by taking the time to get to know me as a person instead of just a patient, Dr. Hagstrom is able to provide me with the best possible care.”
And Hagstrom has loved walking beside Glavin through his hemophilia journey and treatments.
“Zach has always impressed me with his great attitude and maturity about his bleeding disorder and the challenges it can present,” Hagstrom says. “The restrictions it imposes have not stopped him. Despite having a severe bleeding disorder, he found activities that he could do that he enjoyed and would keep him active. When he developed recurrent joint bleeds, he didn’t let it stop him. He did the regular infusions and never complained. I always enjoy meeting with him at his visits to the HTC.”
Helping others by giving time and support with hemophilia, this year Glavin was asked by his HTC social worker, Carah Tenzer, to serve on Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)'s Family Advisory Committee.
“Since the HTC has always been there for me, I thought that serving on this committee would be a great way to give back, and hopefully to help some others like me in the process,” Glavin says. “I also have always appreciated the guidance the HTC has given me and wanted to share that with other patients and their families who are in a similar position.”
While there isn’t a cure for hemophilia, Glavin continues to shine light on how others can thrive with it.
“Zach, like so many people I’ve had the privilege of treating, has managed his hemophilia with courage and determination,” says Hagstrom. “He’s lived life and done well despite having such a severe disease.”
And that’s exactly what Glavin plans to do.
“I feel grateful that with the network of support I have: my parents and family, the doctors and nurses at LVHN and within the HTC in particular, Perkiomen School, and my friends,” Glavin says. “I have not had any limits placed on me as a result of my hemophilia. I know that with this continued support, I will find success in my endeavors during the rest of my time in high school, in college, and beyond.”