Wayne, PA – On Sunday morning at Wilson Park, the St. Luke parishioners united for the first St. Luke’s Cares walk. “It’s a way for our community to come together and show our support for our own and for a disorder the AHEPA has been historically tied to as well”, said St. Luke president, Andrea Papadopoulos.

Cooley’s Anemia is a genetic blood disorder. Children born with the most severe form require lifelong blood transfusions as often as every two weeks and a daily drug treatment that for many is difficult and burdensome. A patient’s lifespan is shortened due to complications that can damage and destroy organs.

At 9:00 am the parishioners signed up in front of a pavilion managed by Papadopoulos, where she registered participants and sponsors. Some 100 parishioners then began the two mile walk around the park. Mothers and strollers, fathers and daughters and kids on bicycles marched wearing t-shirts bearing the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation name.

An afternoon lunch followed for all those that participated. The inaugural event is one in many fellowship fundraisers St. Luke hosts. To make a donation or to find out more, visit their website.