NJ Elks Donate $10,000 to CAF

August 16, 2010 – At their annual convention this summer, the New Jersey Grand Lodge of the Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks made a generous donation to the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation.

NJ Elks
(l to r) John Sentner, Alyssa Youngerman, Eileen Scott, Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr.

Malcolm J. McPherson, Jr., Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler,New Jersey State Elks Association and John Sentner, Past State President, Miracle Plunge Advisor, presented a donation of $10,000 to CAF National Fund Raiser Alyssa Youngerman and CAF Patient Services Manager Eileen Scott.

The mission of the Elks is “to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government.” The New Jersey State Elks Association was founded in 1913.

For the last three years, CAF and the New Jersey Elks have worked together to present a “Miracle Plunge” to benefit CAF and the Elks’ Camp Moore. The date for Miracle Plunge IV is Saturday, March 12, 2011. (Click here to read more about this past year’s Miracle Plunge.) For more information about Miracle Plunge IV, please contact Alyssa Youngerman (a.youngerman@cooleysanemia.org).

CAF thanks CAF Board member Frank Somma and the New Jersey chapter for their commitment to working with the NJ Elks to spread information about and awareness of thalassemia.

Good Sources of Calcium to Help Prevent
Low Bone Mass

Many people with thalassemia are at risk of developing low bone mass. A calcium-rich diet can help to prevent low bone mass. Following are a few foods and drinks that are good sources of calcium:

Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese (Skim milk actually has MORE calcium than regular milk).

Dark green leafy vegetables (broccoli, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, Brussels sprouts, bok choy)

Tofu, okra, white beans, baked beans, rhubarb, peas, buts, whole wheat bread

Remember: when selecting the right mix of calcium-rich foods for your diet, you must also take into consideration other issues that may affect your dietary choices.

Learn more about Low Bone Mass and Thalassemia by clicking here.

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