Cooley’s Anemia Foundation
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Cooley’s Anemia Foundation (CAF) is dedicated to serving people afflicted with various forms of thalassemia, most notably the major form of this genetic blood disease, Cooley’s Anemia/Thalassemia Major. CAF works to increase life expectancy and enhance the quality of life for those impacted by thalassemia by funding medical research. CAF also supports patients and families with counseling, advocates on behalf of patients, and educates the public about this class of genetic blood disorders.
In 1988, Peter Chieco’s second daughter was born and nine months into her short life, she was diagnosed with a fatal blood disorder known as Cooley’s Anemia. Eager to find support for his young daughter, Peter joined Cooley’s Anemia Foundation in 1989 and has been working to advance a cure ever since. Over his long history of service, Peter has served as a National Board Member, local Westchester/Rockland Chapter President and Chair of various committees including Fundraising and Medical Information. Peter initiated the Foundation’s first endowment campaign, which helped create organizational stability during the COVID pandemic. Peter values the opportunity to raise awareness about genetic blood disorders in his personal and professional community and is proud that his efforts have resulted in improvements in quality of life for patient populations served by the Foundation.