The Little Italy Association of Rochester says it's temporarily suspending activities as its founder fights what it calls "a serious health condition."

The association said in a statement Monday morning that Silvano Orsi, also the association's president, "is battling the end stages" of a health condition.

"I remain positive and upbeat and I will beat this illness, and will continue, as best I can, to promote and defend the Italian and Italian American cultures in this community," Orsi said in a statement. "Unfortunately, after my bout with COVID last May, a more serious health condition has developed, and now it's time for me to focus on me and improving my health."

The association helps manage the Little Italy district of the city in the Lyell Avenue and Jay Street corridors.