Join CAF’S Westchester-Rockland Chapter for a “Night at the Races” April 1
Get ready to place your bets on our exciting “Night at the Races!” The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation’s Westchester-Rockland Chapter welcomes you to the 25th celebration of this fabulous event. Funds raised will go toward accelerating the search for a universal cure for thalassemia.
DATE: Sat. 4/1/23
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: VIP Country Club in New Rochelle, New York (located at 600 Davenport Avenue)
TICKETS: $125 per entry; $1120 per table (seats 10)
DETAILS: This fun-filled event features a buffet dinner, open bar, raffle prizes, and the opportunity to bet on video horse races!
Can’t make it to the event? Here are some other ways you can improve care and advance research toward a universal cure for thalassemia.
MAKE A DONATION
CAF has made tremendous progress with life-changing research and patient care, but we can’t do it alone.
Your donation could be the one that leads to ending the fight against thalassemia!
Michelle’s Story: The Inspiration Behind the Event
Your past support has played an incredible part in the Foundation’s success – which in turn has brought about amazing changes in the lives of people with thalassemia everywhere. That includes Michelle Chieco, whose parents started volunteering for the foundation in 1988 soon after her diagnosis.
At that time, no one could have ever thought Michelle would one day become the President of the chapter herself. That she is able to thrive despite the severe challenges of living with beta thalassemia major demonstrates how much progress you have helped bring about!
Despite her success – which includes being the mother of two beautiful children – Michelle continues to require frequent blood transfusions (biweekly) and daily medication to combat the never-ending threat of toxic iron overload that is part of the life of those with transfusion dependent thalassemia.
L to R clockwise: CAF’s Westchester-Rockland Chapter; Michelle as a child with an iron chelation pump; the Chiecos at “Night at the Races” 2019; Michelle and her daughters.
And many patients who cannot get the same level of thalassemia treatment as Michelle fare poorly, passing away much too young – even as children. And internationally, for many countries, the prognosis is even more dire for children born with this condition.
We are more dedicated and hopeful than ever that our goal of talking about this disease in the past tense is achievable within the next ten years. While much work still needs to be done, the support our patients have received over the years from so many wonderful people has been amazing. Through all the difficult times we have experienced, there has always been a network of help.
Whether it was through blood donations, attending an event, buying a raffle prize gift, or supplying monetary support, you and so many others we have been the bedrock that has enabled the Foundation to grow and to continue striving.
Thank you for your help, love, and prayers, and for being part of the story so far – and for staying with us until we write the final happy ending for everyone with thalassemia.