HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department surprised a young boy with a big donation at a walkathon held at Woodland Park.
Sunday, May 5 was the annual Care Walk 2019 to raise awareness and money for the Cooley's Anemia Foundation. Six-year-old AJ Vigliotti was born with the rare genetic blood disorder known as Beta Thalassemia, or Cooley's Anemia. He requires lifelong blood transfusions, every two to four weeks. This blood disorder can also lead to other complications such as pulmonary hypertension, low bone mass, diabetes,cardiac issues, and hepatitis and liver issues, among others, according to the Foundation. Monies raised each year go to help researchers find a cure.
During the walkathon, the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department dropped by to support AJ and donate to event. Seven members of the the department, lead by Chief Michael Colaneri, presented him with a check for $500. Other officers included Officer Joe Olivo, Detective Joseph Armeli, Detective Sergeant Alan Baker, Officer Michael DeSimone, Officer Chris Connors, and Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Werner.
The fundraising page can be found at Team A.J. -- Dream for a Cure.
To learn more about Thalassemia, visit the Cooley's Anema Foundation website.
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