About Our Founders

About Our Founders

Donald E. Colburn

founder of the Colburn-Keenan Foundation, Inc. was raised in Agawam and was a longtime resident of Springfield, Massachusetts and Suffield, Connecticut. Donald’s life was one of outstanding community service.

Donald was a past president, volunteer, and supporter of the Kiwanis International Club of Greater Springfield and the Cape. He supported the United Way of the Pioneer Valley, the Jimmy Fund, Special Olympics, many of the first AIDS service organizations, including Project Inform, AIDS Action, Camp Heartland, Camp Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, and the Elizabeth Glasser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Donald also lived with severe Hemophilia A and many of its complications and, as a consequence, was committed to the creation of a better world for individuals and families living with bleeding disorders. Donald’s volunteer leadership activities, in support of quality hemophilia care, have spanned the last 35 years and have included his years as Executive Director of the New England Hemophilia Association (NEHA). His national volunteer work included participation in the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Hemophilia Treatment Center grant review program; the Centers for Disease Control’s Care Standards Committee and its Hemophilia/HIV Treatment Center Compliance Site Visit program; and the National Hemophilia Foundation’s (NHF’s) Blood Products Monitoring Committee, Blood Safety Committee, MANN Committee, Advocacy Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and It’s Time for a Cure committee. He was a supporter of the Committee of Ten Thousand and Hemophilia Foundation of America.

Kathy Ann Keenan

founder of the Colburn-Keenan Foundation, Inc. was born in Queens, New York and was raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. Kathy Ann’s life was one of caring and giving. She was a generous benefactor to many worthy projects and charities in the local community as well as several regional and national organizations. These included the New England Hemophilia Association, the National Hemophilia Foundation, the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Research Alliance, the Elizabeth Glasser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and Project Inform, to name a few.

In 1982 Donald Colburn and Kathy Ann Keenan married and began a life together of hard work and personal and corporate responsibility. In 1989, they founded AHF, Inc. AHF is a homecare pharmacy whose mission is to serve the needs of the bleeding disorders community by supplying life-giving medications and support to individuals and families. With Donald and Kathy Ann as founders, and with Donald as President & CEO and Kathy Ann as Executive Vice President, AHF has offered the bleeding disorders community a completely reliable homecare alternative. AHF continues to bring these very same quality services to the bleeding disorders community today.

Donald and Kathy Ann understood the importance of community strength and community advocacy. They understood the importance of giving back to the community. Their commitment to charitable giving included support for local chapters, support for hemophilia camps across the country, funding for national and local/lay organizations, academic scholarship awards for higher education, and contributions to medical research for a cure.Donald and Kathy Ann’s final efforts included the development of the Colburn-Keenan Foundation, as a means to perpetuate their hopes for and service to the bleeding disorders community. The Foundation represents their life-long commitment to supporting the emergency, medical, and educational needs of those with bleeding and other chronic disorders. In addition, the Foundation supports the work of community, regional, and national organizations involved in projects and programs that benefit the bleeding disorders and chronic illness communities.

The Colburn-Keenan Foundation represents their dream and a living legacy to their outstanding lives of philanthropy. The majority of their personal estates have gone into a trust to found the Foundation. It was their hope that others would share their vision, as well, and contribute to the ongoing work of the Foundation.