By Catherine Tsounis
Thalassemia originated in the Mediterranean region. It is a disorder caused by the weakening and destruction of red blood cells, caused by missing genes that affect how the body makes hemoglobin. It is a genetic illness. The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization is a strong partner for families living with Thalassemia. Maria Hadjidemetriou, a member of the Board of Directors for Cooleys Anemia Foundation and Executive Committee Member and Patient of Thalassemia, presented information on the genetic disorder at the recent 2014 Hermes Expo International at the Concordville Inn, Concordville, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Hadjidemetriou said in a letter that she heard about 2014 Hermes Expo International “on the professional social media site Linked In…… I called you that day to find out more if this will be a good avenue for me to advertise my professional services in real estate. When you mentioned the numbers of Greek Americans participating in this event I realized the importance of having presence for the nonprofit foundation I am Board of Directors, the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation that advocates for the genetic blood disease, Thalassemia.”
She remembered Mr. Paul Kotrotsios, founder of Hermes Expo International and Hellenic News of America newspaper, response, “I know Cooley’s Anemia” which led me to saying “I have Thalassemia”. Then Mr. Kotrotsios you offered us to exhibit gratis. You knew how this disease has affected our Greek Community and the importance of educating and bringing awareness on what it is to be a carrier of Thalassemia.”
Ms. Hadjidemetriou thanked him for mentioning the “foundation’s name during the meeting sessions. You have introduced to us other prominent Greek Americans who are part of AHEPA. They embraced our foundation and the disease. There is no cure to Thalassemia. But for me what is a source of cure is awareness and love. You have given us both. We thank you Mr. Kotrotsios for your kindness and empathy. This is what it is to be Greek. I am honored to know you as it lives within you.”
The professional blessed his “initiatives for Hermes Expo International to grow in many other industries led by Greek Americans. May prominent Greek Americans give back to the youth who will carry this torch to another generation.”
Mr. Kotrotsios believes “It is our duty to build awareness in our community for the Cooleys Anemia Foundation. We are happy that we were able to connect Ms. Hadjidemetriou with organizations, such as AHEPA, that want to help. We will promote your mission, in joint community events.” For more information, contact Paul Kotrotsios, MBA, Founder & Publisher, Hellenic News of America,
Founder & President, Hermes Expo International, P.O. Box 465 (780 Baltimore Pike #100 Bestwestern Hotel for UPS &Fedex), Concordville, PA, 19331-0465, Tel: (001) – 610.446.1463, Fax: 610-356-4877, www.hermesexpo.com & www.hellenicnews.com