Cooley’s Anemia Foundation – Funding a Cure

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Cooley’s Anemia Foundation

A mechanical engineering graduate of George Washington University, Avi Polischuk has more than 15 years of experience as the president and owner of R&S United Services. Avi Polischuk and his company support charitable organizations such as the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation (CAF).

The nonprofit CAF was established in 1954 by Frank Ficarra, whose children were afflicted by the rare genetic blood disorder thalassemia, also known as Cooley’s anemia. Over the past 60 years, the foundation has worked to help people diagnosed with Cooley’s anemia.

CAF funds medical research through its fellowship and research grant programs. To be considered for the medical research funding program, applicants must conduct their research at nonprofit laboratories and involve direct patient interactions or directly-collected patient data.

CAF also requires that the appropriate human research approvals have been secured before the project begins. Special consideration is given to clinical trials focused on curing Cooley’s anemia through cell and gene therapy. In 2016, CAF awarded more than $200,000 to fund one clinical research grant and five research fellowships.