DeMuro Trust Donates Multi-Year $150,000 Gift to Fight Thalassemia

April 5, 2013 – CAF is thrilled to announce the receipt of a very generous bequest from the Sam and Lorenza DeMuro Charitable Trust. The bequest is in the form of a multi-year donation of $150,000 per year.

The funds from this bequest will be split equally between the Foundation’s medical research and patient services programs.


Lorenza and Sam DeMuro

“Sam and LorenzaDeMuro had a real passion for helping both children and the elderly, particularly those with economic and physical disadvantages,” explains Gene DeMuro, Trustee of the Charitable Trust and son of Sam and Lorenza DeMuro. “Sam, after suffering a horrible and disabling stroke shortly after his retirement at 66 years old, continued to work hard for Gompers Rehabilitation in Phoenix, Arizona and The Foundation for Senior Living in Phoenix, Arizona until his passing at 85.

“During a Kiwanis meeting, a representative gave a presentation about Cooley’s anemia. Sam was deeply moved by the daily struggles and uphill challenges that those stricken with the major effects of thalassemia must face. After investigating the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, and confirming their objectives, Lorry and he chose to include the Foundation in their Charitable Foundation.”

Sam DeMuro passed away in 2001. His wife, Lorenza, passed away in 2011. They were married on December 19, 1940; Sam and Lorenza met when Sam came to Lorenza’s family’s home to fix their radio. Both were children of Italian immigrants who were raised in Chicago.

“As National President of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, I am overwhelmed at the generosity of this gift,” says CAF National President Anthony J. Viola. “A donation on this level makes a profound difference in the Foundation’s ability to continue its lifesaving work. We are honored beyond measure that Sam and LorenzaDeMuro and the trustees of their Charitable Trust recognize the importance of the work the Foundation does. Their beneficence and dedication to improving the lives of othersis remarkable and demonstrates what rare and unique people Sam and LorenzaDeMuro were.”

Lorenza DeMuro’s obituary can be read here. Sam DeMuro’s obituary can be read here.

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