Konica Minolta Colorful Tomorrow Foundation Donates to International Rett Syndrome Foundation
Konica Minolta Colorful Tomorrow Foundation held a special luncheon on Friday, February 15th at the headquarters of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.
Ramsey, N.J. - February 18, 2008 - In Late 2007, the Board of Trustees of the Konica Minolta Colorful Tomorrow Foundation (CTF) was made aware of Rett Syndrome (RS) - a debilitating neurological disorder diagnosed almost exclusively in young females. Children with RS appear to develop normally until ages six to 18 months when they enter a period of regression, losing speech and motor skills. Most develop repetitive hand movements, irregular breathing patterns, seizures and extreme motor control problems. RS leaves its victims profoundly disabled, and requires maximum assistance in every aspect of daily living. The trustees were introduced to a young girl, who has RS - Olivia Mendes, the daughter of Denise Mendes, a long-time Konica Minolta employee.
Motivated to provide more colorful tomorrows for children, the CTF initiated an employee fundraiser throughout the month of January to raise funds and awareness for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF), and their newly established clinic in New Jersey. This new clinic is set to begin specialized treatment, in addition to testing to find a cure for RS.
By the end of January, Konica Minolta employees in three New York-area offices (Ramsey, NJ, Blauvelt, NY and Windsor, CT) had contributed more than $8,300USD towards this fundraiser. Inspired by the generosity of the Konica Minolta employees, Jun Haraguchi, President and CEO of BUS, implemented a corporate matching program, where he authorized the matching of all employee donations dollar-for-dollar. In total, more than $16,600USD was raised, and led to an increased number of little girls that can be accepted for treatment, thus increasing the chances of finding more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for RS.
The money was presented to the IRSF on Friday, February 15 at Noon EST during a special luncheon to honor the Konica Minolta employee donors - as well as the IRSF management team.
About International Rett Syndrome Foundation
Created from the July 1, 2007 merger of the International Rett Syndrome Association and the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation, the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF - www.rettsyndrome.org) is the world's largest private funder of scientific research seeking a cure for Rett Syndrome. The core mission of the IRSF is to fund research for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome and enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with Rett Syndrome.
About Konica Minolta Colorful Tomorrow Foundation
Konica Minolta Colorful Tomorrow Foundation (CTF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established under the laws of the State of New Jersey. Members of the management team of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. serve as CTF's Trustees and Officers voluntarily and without compensation.
CTF's mission is to provide opportunities to create colorful and better tomorrows for children. The CTF looks to partner with organizations that contribute to society in a number of key areas, all of which are focused on children. Specifically, the CTF supports efforts that prepare children (18 years or younger) for a stronger future, especially in those communities where Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. does business.
The CTF aligns itself with Konica Minolta's leading role in the imaging and networking technology markets to support efforts that create opportunities for all students - especially those interested in the creative arts and computer technology education. Additionally, the CTF supports disaster relief efforts, protection of the environment, and efforts to improve health and medical care for children.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us), a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, brings together unparalleled advances in security, print quality and network integration via its award-winning line of bizhubTM multifunction products (MFPs); bizhub PROTM production printing systems; magicolor® desktop color laser printers and all-in-ones; and pageproTM monochrome desktop laser printers and all-in-ones. Konica Minolta also offers advanced software solutions, wide-format printers, microform digital imaging systems, and scanning systems for specialized applications.
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