(Editor’s note: The following is correspondence between the Cultural Italian American Organization, of Cayuga County, and the office of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and advisor to the White House on the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Thank you for the honor that you have given to the Italian communities throughout our great country. Your esteemed career demonstrates what our Nanni taught us to do: have faith, good principles, and show respect. As each day we continue the current unprecedented conditions, we have learned to help each other with more humility and compassion. Your personal dedication in the medical field has earned the respect of the American citizens for you, your family and all those in the medical field dedicating themselves to helping others.
At the age of 16, I emigrated from Foggia, Apulia region in Italy and reached America by ship in 1964; what a great sight to see Lady Liberty and the amazing New York City, mo/to bella. Since that arrival in America as a young teenager, I have been a barber (since the age of 11). I make my home in the Finger Lakes region of New York, in Auburn, the home of William H. Seward, Theodore Case, and Harriet Tubman. I proudly serve as the Chairman of C.I.A.O., the Cultural Italian American Organization, which is very active in our community helping and assisting those in need, preparing and hosting dinners for fundraising, which helps to support our charitable endeavors….
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