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SIF Gives $150,000 to Cooley's Anemia

SIF Contributes $150,000 to Cooley's Anemia Foundation

Contact: Mark Dalessandro, 202-547-8115

Washington, D.C., Dec. 28, 1998 -- The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) has contributed $150,000 to the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, the official national charity of the SIF's parent organization, the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA).

The contribution represents a recent donation, through the OSIA Grand Lodge of New York, to the SIF from a husband and wife in New York state who wish to remain anonymous. The couple designated their contribution for research into the cause and treatment of Cooley's anemia, a genetic blood disease that affects mainly individuals of Mediterranean descent.

"I deeply appreciate the generosity of this family on behalf of the Sons of Italy Foundation® and the Cooley's Anemia Foundation. Their generosity has made this year's campaign a great success," said SIF President Paul S. Polo Sr. "We share in their dedication to alleviating the suffering caused by this disease and to eventually find a cure."

This most recent contribution is in addition to $100,000 that the SIF donated to the Cooley's Anemia Foundation earlier this year. The SIF's total contributions to fighting Cooley's anemia is approaching $2 million since 1987, when OSIA adopted the Cooley's Anemia Foundation as an official national charity.