Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva has received the “Key to Life” award of the Children`s Cancer & Blood Foundation in New York

02-11-2011 | 20:07        

  

Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, founder of the International Dialogue for Environmental Action, IDEA, Leyla Aliyeva has received the “Key to Life” award of the Children`s Cancer & Blood Foundation in New York. As part of the visit, Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation visited Weill Cornell Medical Center at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

 

Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva visited children receiving treatment at Weill Cornell Medical Center at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the leading centers for treatment of pediatric cancer and blood diseases, and congratulated them on occasion of Halloween and presented them with gifts. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation`s Vice-President also spoke to medical staff of the Center and inquired about treatment of thalassemia patients. According to her, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation implement programs in Azerbaijan to prevent this disease, adding a Thalassemia Center was established in Baku to this end.

Talking to Patricia Giardina, head of the thalassemia program at the Weill Cornell Medical Center, Leyla Aliyeva expressed her desire to organize a scientific symposium on genetic blood diseases in Azerbaijan and invited the scholar to participate in event and exchange views with Azerbaijani scholars.

The meeting Leyla Aliyeva held in research laboratory created at the Center with support of the Children’s Cancer and Blood Fund focused on joint thalassemia researches, as well. Head of the Cellular Oncology Program David Lyden briefed Mrs. Aliyeva on the outcomes of researches conducted by the laboratory. Aliyeva discussed with Lyden possibilities of Azerbaijani scholars’ conducting joint research here.

Leyla Aliyeva held a number of other meetings as part of her visit to New York. At a meeting with Vince Meldrum, official of the US-based Earth Force non-governmental organization, the discussions focused on signing of a memorandum of understanding between IDEA and Earth Force and holding courses on environmental protection for high school teachers in Azerbaijan. Mrs. Aliyeva invited Earth Force representatives to participate in a camp “Role of youth in management of environmental protection: Today and Tomorrow” to be held by IDEA in Gabala town of Azerbaijan on 24-27 November.

Leyla Aliyeva also met with representatives of Ecouterre (Ekuter) project, which supports ecologically clean production in the field of fashion and clothing, and exchanged views on initiatives calling on the world youth to be responsible about the global environment.

Then, Leyla Aliyeva attended the annual charity meeting of the Children`s Cancer & Blood Foundation in the Plaza Hotel in New York. Chairman of the Children`s Cancer & Blood Foundation - CCBF Les Lieberman said Leyla Aliyeva makes a great contribution to development of social, youth, environmental protection and improvement of the state of orphans not only in Azerbaijan but also throughout the world. The Chairman underlined Leyla Aliyeva is a Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the largest and leading non-governmental organization, which implements important educational and charitable projects. “Leyla Aliyeva is a founder of the International Dialogue for Environmental Action, IDEA and editor-in-chief of “Baku” magazine. Up to now, she has been awarded with numerous prizes for contribution to strengthening of international relations. Today, we take pride in activity of Leyla Aliyeva, who helps the needy children,” said Les Lieberman. Then, Leyla Aliyeva received the “Key to Life” award for her active participation in humanitarian projects for children. Leyla Aliyeva thanked for the “Key to Life” award and made a speech.

It should be noted that the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF), through its support of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, has created a standard of excellence in the treatment of children with chronic, life-threatening blood disorders since 1952. The Children`s Cancer & Blood Foundation is the largest & oldest charitable organization in the US dedicated to the care of children suffering from blood diseases and cancers. CCBF funding has helped revolutionize the treatment of children suffering from cancers & childhood blood disorders.

During her visit to New York, Leyla Aliyeva also met with James Deutsch, curator of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. They discussed the prospects of cooperation between the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Smithsonian Institute. The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is a research and educational unit of the Smithsonian Institution promoting the understanding and continuity of diverse, contemporary grassroots cultures in the United States and around the world. The center has 19 museums, 9 cultural research centers and two magazines. According to calculations, the museum’s collection has 136 million exhibits.