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AHEPA Tours St. Jude’s, Delivers Aid to Tornado-Ravaged Areas in South
On a weekend visitation to the South, Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas toured St. Jude Children’s Research Center, Memphis, Tenn., and later joined with Ahepans to deliver water and supplies to communities of Birmingham, Ala., that were devastated by April’s deadly storms and tornadoes. Karacostas met with medical researchers and doctors in the fields of hematology and gene therapy at St. Jude’s to learn more about the Thalassemia (Cooley’s Anemia) research being performed there. Accompanied by Past Supreme President and AHEPA Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Chair Ike Gulas and Executive Director Basil Mossaidis, Karacostas received a tour of the medical center’s hematology lab by Derek Persons, MD, Ph.D., associate member, St. Jude Faculty. “They are doing phenomenal research at St. Jude’s in the field of hematology,” said Karacostas. “We discussed research that has actually cured Thalassemia in mice and learned about how it is being applied in human trials. This is an exciting time for patients with Cooley’s Anemia.” According to Karacostas, AHEPA, through its Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, will explore ways to work with St. Jude Children’s Research Center in support of Thalassemia research. Spiro Nicolopoulos, Atlanta; Past Supreme President Gulas, Executive Director Mossaidis, District 1 Governor Ted Kipreos, Cumming, Ga.; District 1 Lodge officers, and Ahepans from Birmingham, Ala. Chapter 3 delivered cases of bottled water and other much-needed supplies to the outlying Birmingham communities of Pleasant Grove, Concord, and Hueytown that were devastated by deadly storms and tornadoes that spanned six states and killed as many as 290 people on April 27. The Ahepans worked alongside the American Red Cross. “I was in awe of the destruction we saw,” said Karacostas. “These communities are among the many throughout the South that have been devastated by these unprecedented storms and are still in need of assistance. Please keep our fellow Americans in your thoughts and prayers.” The supreme president also met with officers of AHEPA District 1 Lodge, which is responsible for chapters in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee, on May 14. “I commend the Greek American community, especially the Ahepans of District One, for being an integral and proactive part of the humanitarian assistance provided to the victims of this natural disaster,” added Karacostas. To make a donation to the AHEPA Emergency Relief, please visit www.ahepa. org. Donations may also be sent via mail to: AHEPA Emergency Relief Fund, Attn: Tornadoes Relief, 1909 Q Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20009.

Cooley’s Anemia Chair Gulas, PSP, (left) and Supreme President Karacostas (right) with Donna Young, coordinator, Groups and Organizations, National Programming Marketing, St. Jude’s.

Ahepans Deliver Aid to Storm Victims
On May 14, 2011, Supreme President Karacostas, Sons of Pericles Supreme President

The AHEPA Emergency Relief Fund is a 501 (c) 3 entity that helps AHEPA fulfill the philanthropic facet of its mission. Since its inception, the fund has provided philanthropic donations and disaster relief to aid the greater community, including: Haitian Earthquake (2010), Greek Wildfires Relief (2007), September 11 Relief (2001-2002), and Athens Earthquake (1999).

(Left) SP Karacostas unloads cases of water for storm victims. (Center) Ahepans worked side-by-side with the American Red Cross to provide relief. (Right) Ahepans survey the tornado damage.

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The AHEPAN - July 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - July 2011

The AHEPAN - July 2011
Supreme President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
The Periclean
Excursion Makes History
AHEPA Family Chapter News
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The AHEPAN - July 2011 - Contents
The AHEPAN - July 2011 - Supreme President’s Message
The AHEPAN - July 2011 - AHEPA Family News
The AHEPAN - July 2011 - 6
The AHEPAN - July 2011 - The Periclean
The AHEPAN - July 2011 - Excursion Makes History
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The AHEPAN - July 2011 - 10
The AHEPAN - July 2011 - 11
The AHEPAN - July 2011 - Housing
The AHEPAN - July 2011 - AHEPA Family Chapter News
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