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CAF Board Exec Maria Hadjidemetriou Represents Thalassemia Community in Maybelline Campaign

CAF Board Exec Maria Hadjidemetriou stars in Maybelline's "We Speak" diversity campaign.

When Maybelline, the iconic beauty brand behind Maria’s first blush, invited her to star in their “We Speak” disability pride campaign, she seized the opportunity to become the very thing she longed to see as a child—a model proudly representing the thalassemia community.

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Ralph Colasanti Elected National President of CAF

Ralph Colasanti

April 23, 2022 – History was made today at the annual board meeting of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation (CAF) when Ralph Colasanti was elected the first person with thalassemia to serve as National President of the Foundation’s board of directors. The Foundation, which was started in 1954, is the primary voice for those with thalassemia, […]

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Meet Michelle Chieco: President of CAF’s Westchester Chapter, Registered Nurse, and Thalassemia Patient

August 1, 2018 – For the past year, Michelle Chieco has been leading the CAF Westchester Chapter as Volunteer President. We thank her for her service, and for sharing her story with the community. My name is Michelle Chieco and I am a 29 (almost 30!) year old with Beta thalassemia major. I grew up […]

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Patient Profile: Lisa Guidice, Proud Jersey Girl #ThrivingWithThal

February 21, 2017- Lisa Falco Guidice is an active member of the CAF patient community, and we thank her for sharing her inspiring story. I am a proud Jersey girl, born in Summit and raised in Florham Park.  After being diagnosed with thalassemia major at 6 months old, my mother did everything she could to […]

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