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Leadership in Service

Recipients are selected for their demonstrated commitment of time, energy and ideas that raise awareness for AA&MDSIF and bone marrow failure diseases. Their outreach to engage the public and/or AA&MDSIF patients and families results in new levels of achievement for AA&MDSIF.

COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Workers

Healthcare Workers, COVID-19 Frontline
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COVID-19 has forever changed our world. While there is hope for a vaccine in the coming year, our frontline healthcare workers have been battling this virus since early this year. Their fight is not yet over and today, we honor their bravery, their sacrifice, and sometimes their lives with their determination to help people.  From our own Medical Advisory Board to your local infusion clinic, from the biggest cancer centers to a small-town hospital, we give our grateful thanks to our frontline healthcare workers and invite you to join us in honoring them today. 

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Marlena Connor

Connor, Marlena
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Thanks to the hard work and dedication of PNH patient Marlena Connor, New York City’s annual PNH Walk/March for Marrow has been an outstanding event for years. It not only brings patients, families and friends together for fun and fundraising – it includes a valuable education component by featuring a top PNH expert speaker at its pre-walk breakfast.

Marlena’s efforts have made a major contribution to PNH awareness and PNH research, which is focused on finding a cure. 

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John Huber

Huber, John
Former Executive Director, AAMDSIF
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John Huber was the Executive Director of AAMDS International Foundation from 2006 - 2016. During his tenure, John led a series of strategic plans to more effectively support

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Neil Horikoshi

Horikoshi, Neil
Former Chair, AAMDSIF Board of Directors
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Neil Horikoshi is a past chairman of the AAMDSIF Board of Directors and led its transformation to a strategic and policy making governance board. He is an Advisory Council member for both the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS).  He also serves on the a Board of Governors for the Go for Broke National Education Center and as an Advisory Council member for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Gates Millennium Scholars Program.   

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Tony Sanfilippo

Sanfilippo, Tony
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Since 1997, Tony has served on the AAMDSIF Board of Directors, bringing his professional expertise from the financial and investment world to the organization.  But it was his personal experience as the parent of a young daughter with

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