Leadership in Service | Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

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.

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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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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Ruth and Neil Cuadra

Cuadra, Ruth and Neil
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Ruth and Neil are recognized for their development and operation of MarrowForums.org, Ruth’s long tenure of service on the AAMDSIF Board of Directors and Neil’s volunteer support.  They are great ambassadors for AAMDSIF, which they turned to after Ruth – a transplant survivor - was diagnosed with

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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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