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The On-Air Advocate

Jan 19, 2021

As we Kick Off our Spotlight Series for National Blood Donor Month, I am so excited to welcome to tomorrow’s show, Craig Butler, National Executive Director and Radhika Sawh, Genetic Counselor, Board Member of the Cooley's Anemia Foundation.
Craig Butler has been leading the fight against thalassemia for over half a century. Mr. Butler himself has been an active participant in that fight for over a decade, starting with the Foundation as National Communications Director in 2001. In addition to directing all communications-related activities in that capacity, he also served as the Principal Investigator on the Foundation’s collaborative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help educate the thalassemia community about effective prevention strategies that can contribute to better outcomes for those with thalassemia.
In addition to advocating on behalf of individuals with severe forms of thalassemia, Mr. Butler directs Cooley’s Anemia Foundation efforts aimed at informing both the general public and specific at-risk populations about thalassemia trait. He also oversees programs to encourage all members of the public to donate blood, as treatment for thalassemia involves frequent lifelong transfusions.
Mr. Butler is proud to be the author of “The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Storybook,” a publication for children with thalassemia.
Radhika holds a master's degree in genetic counseling and worked as the National Director of Patient Services for the Cooley's Anemia Foundation prior to joining the faculty of the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also a wife, a mother as well as an individual living and thriving with beta thalassemia major who frequently speaks on behalf of the New York Blood Center as a volunteer blood donor advocate.
Listen in as Craig & Radhika share the great need for Blood Donors & Why Blood Donations Mean Life for Those with Thalassemia.
Cooley's Anemia Foundation