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          Release: 02/27/2007
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Seven members of the Iona College Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams traveled to Darien, CT on Saturday, September 30 to volunteer their services at the 2006 ITP Foundation Triathlon as lifeguards and course marshals.

The group along with head coach Nick Cavataro and assistant coach Brian Hansbury included: Andreanna DiOrio, Missy McGregor Dan Mohan, Eric Nowakowski, Joe Przekota, Brett Settles and Chris Vidale.

The ITP triathlon featured a half-mile swim in Long Island Sound, a 15-mile bike ride and 5K run, with 500 participants. Entry fees and sponsorship money benefited the ITP foundation.

"ITP is a very bad disease that affects both children and adults and gets very little publicity and are group was very happy to help on a small way much like we did two weeks ago with the Westchester Triathlon, where we had 36 members help with course activities where the proceeds benefited the Leukemia Society. Our swimmers really enjoy this type of service and it also exposes them to a whole type activity that is very beneficial to the community," commented Coach Nick Cavataro/

The ITP Foundation was established to raise awareness of Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The ITP Foundation helps families with children and adolescents with ITP who need financial assistance to manage and treat the disorder, and raise funds to further ITP research.

ITP is a disorder of the blood that involves the immune system. ITP stands for Immune Thrombocytopenic (a decrease in blood platelets) Purpura (purplish areas of the skin and mucous membranes). You may also hear it referred to as Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura which means the cause of the low platelet count is unknown. ITP occurs in children and adults.

The focus of the ITP Foundation is on ITP in children and adolescents. The ITP Foundation takes an active role in raising awareness through outreach efforts on both local and national levels. This is done through sporting, social and educational events. The primary focus is on sponsorship of endurance athletes who raise funds for the ITP Foundation.

The ITP Foundation gives grants and funds research that directly benefits children and adolescents with ITP. The ITP Foundation also provides education and support for children, adolescents and their families. The ITP Foundation is a tax exempt organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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