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AHEPA Donates $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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The AHEPA Cooley’s Anemia Foundation donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leading children’s hospital that treats the toughest childhood cancers and pediatric diseases located in Memphis, Tenn., as a further testament to AHEPA’s enduring commitment to medical research, announced Supreme President George E. Loucas and Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Chair Ike Gulas, PSP.  Ahepans presented the donation to Richard Peterson, senior liaison, National Groups and Organizations, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,  Feb. 20, 2019.

According to Gulas, the donation is earmarked for hematology research; specifically the research on gene therapy to cure Thalassemia (Cooley’s Anemia) headed by Mitchell J. Weiss, MD, Ph.D.

“AHEPA is proud to support the important research to identify a cure for Thalassesmia conducted at St. Jude,” Gulas said. “AHEPA will always work to raise awareness about the disease, and we will not stop until our goal of finding a cure is realized.  We can only accomplish this goal with the community’s assistance and support of medical research.”

He added, “We also sincerely thank Aleen Syrgany and Ashley Trotter from St. Jude for helping to coordinate our visit.”

In addition, the Ahepans received a tour of the hospital.  Supreme Governor Peter Nassos, and Executive Director Basil N. Mossaidis accompanied Supreme President Loucas and Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Chair Gulas for the presentation and tour.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

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