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SIF Gives $50,000 To Cooley's Anemia

Sons of Italy Foundation® Gives $50,000 To Cooley's Anemia Foundation

Contact: Diane E. Crespy, (202) 547-2900

Washington, D.C., Nov. 18, 1998 - The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), the nonprofit arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), presented $50,000 to the Cooley's Anemia Foundation on Nov. 14 at an OSIA Executive Session in Charleston, S.C.

"The Sons of Italy Foundation® has many worthwhile projects, and I am glad that the Cooley's Anemia Foundation is one of those," SIF President Paul S. Polo, Sr., said. "This is a significant gift and we must continue to give so better treatments can be developed for this serious disorder."

To date OSIA members nationwide have contributed more than $1 million to Cooley's anemia research through the SIF.

Cooley's anemia, or Thalassemia Trait, is a genetic blood disorder that occurs mainly in people of Mediterranean, African, and Asian origin. Cooley's anemia patients must frequently undergo blood transfusions and other painful treatments.

The Cooley's Anemia Foundation (CAF) was developed in 1954 and was designated as the SIF's national charity in the late 1980s. Its mission is to support research for better treatments and a cure for this sometimes fatal disease.