Rochester, NY, September 25, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- LupusChick, a not-for-profit organization committed to raising awareness on Lupus and providing tangible solutions for patients and their families, today announced that five students have been selected to receive the 2015-2016 $500 LupusChick Scholarship. These five students were selected from a pool of more than a hundred applicants from across the country based on essays highlighting their involvement in the Lupus community and how Lupus impacts their college experience.
"Lupus is an invisible disease affecting 1.5 million Americans among which a large number of young girls. It can derail patients from their career paths," said Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana, Founder of LupusChick, "We are proud to be able and support these amazing girls in the pursuit of their education. This is our first Scholarship and we hope to do this every year."
Dr. Maggie Cadet, Director of Rheumatology at New York Hospital Queens/New York Presbyterian Healthcare System and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell University, said, "By establishing a college Scholarship that honors patients living with Lupus, LupusChick helps support them as they try to live their lives and pursue their dreams. The Scholarship program also encourages others to acknowledge the struggles that these patients face everyday."
Brian Neuman, Chairman and CEO of Sanguine Bio, a California-based company offering biomaterial services to accelerate treatment discovery and a generous sponsor of the LupusChick Scholarship, said, "Patients living with chronic illnesses all too often have high levels of financial and physical stress. The LupusChick Scholarship will ease the burden. We stand behind the Scholarship recipients and hope that the Scholarship will encourage them to accomplish their goals and become the next generation of patient advocates."
The LupusChick Scholarship winners are:
Rachel Block of Hebron (IL) studying Accounting at Roosevelt University.
Katrina Bosma of Mead (WA) studying Business Marketing at Whitworth University.
Josalyn Ceroalo of Provo (UT) studying Medical Laboratory Science at Brigham Young University.
Brittany Lopez of Manchester (NH) studying Sign Language at University of New Hampshire.
Yvonne Freeman of Pine Bluff (AR) studying Nursing at Southeast Arkansas College.
Founded eight years ago by Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana, Board member of the Lupus Foundation of America FL. Chapter, Author of Lupus: Real Life, Real Patients, Real Talk and reigning Mrs. New York USA Universal 2015, LupusChick is an award-winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping patients affected by Lupus and other invisible illnesses. LupusChick is a formidable resource of tangible solutions for patients as well as their families. www.lupuschick.com