Cooley's Anemia, also known as Thalassemia, is a fatal genetic blood disorder which affects people of Mediterranean descent. Today, in order to survive, children must receive blood transfusions every two weeks and receive painful drug injections via an infusion pump every night of their lives.
In its major form Cooley's Anemia is fatal. Over two million people in the United States are carriers of the minor form and do not even know it. The bad news is that these people are at risk in passing along the major form if they have children. The good news is that finally a cure is in sight.
For decades the AHEPA Cooley's Anemia Foundation has been working on a three-pronged attack to fight this fatal disorder. Funds have been raised to conduct screenings, to print and distribute educational materials and to support the research of leading hematologists and geneticists in the country.
Stella Jacovides presents a $40,000 donation from the Norfolk AHEPA Chapter 122 Charity Golf Tournament to Foundation Co-chairs Frances Gulas and Timothy Maniatis
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