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6 Macula Vision Research Foundation SpringSummer 2015 In Honor or Memory of a Loved One MVRF is proud to acknowledge those in whose memory or honor we have received donations of 1000 or more. This is a meaningful way to memorialize the passing of a loved one or celebrate the birthday or anniversary of someone close to you while having a lasting impact. Our MVRF supporters are special to us and we are honored to recognize them. If you have any questions or want to recognize a loved one please contact Deborah-Jo Essrog director of development at or 1-866-462-2852. The Life of Rocco Palermo Soldier Salesman Musician Artist He was a soldier who fought in Europe during World War II and received the Purple Heart. During his time in the service he was a Chaplins Assistant. After the war he became a watchmaker on the GI Bill for five years. In 1951 he married his wife Eleanor who he remained with for 64 years. He was a salesman who sold TVs Singer sewing machines and then became an automobile salesman for 40 years. At the age of 39 he attended Camden County Community College to take an art course he painted many pictures in oils. He was a musician he sang in church choir played the piano trumpet and fife. He also sang in a band. He had season tickets for the Philadelphia Orchestra for years and attended regularly. He was diagnosed with macular degeneration seven years ago and was treated by a local retina specialist. He received 35 Eylea injections. Because of research and the injections he never went blind and was able to maintain his eyesight until he passed away in 2014. During visits to his doctor he and his wife Eleanor read the MVRF newsletters and became familiar with the cutting edge research that the organization funds and Eleanor felt that donations to MVRF in Roccos memory would be the best way to honor him and help others diagnosed with macular degeneration. Eleanor is particularly interested in stem cell research and is confident in the progress that is being made through the grants that MVRF funds. In Memoriam Rocco Palermo