Cooley's Anemia


Cooley’s Anemia, also called thalassemia or Mediterranean anemia, is a genetic blood disorder that affects the ability of the red blood cells to carry oxygen. Treatment requires blood transfusions as often as every two weeks and, for many, a difficult nightly drug infusion. Left untreated, it is fatal.

Cooley’s anemia is disproportionately represented among people of Italian heritage. People who carry the trait for thalassemia suffer no ill health themselves; however, if two people who each carry the trait have a child, there is a 25% chance with each pregnancy that the child will be born with a severe form of thalassemia.

The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation was formed in 1954 to battle thalassemia; OSIA has for many years been a leading supporter of our efforts.

Cooley’s Anemia Foundation
330 Seventh Ave., #900
New York, NY 10001
800-522- 7222

John Michael Marino Lodge #1389
President: Marc J. Biundo
Order Sons of Italy in America
P.O. Box 403, Port Washington, NY 11050