The National Hemophilia Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Project Red Flag Academic Scholarship for Women with Bleeding Disorders: Rosemary Geer and Kelly Petrello-Dobson. Each woman received an award of $2,500.
Geer, of Red Wing, Minnesota, is entering her second year at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN. She plans to specialize in disability law. Geer’s older brother and son both have moderate hemophilia B; she is a symptomatic carrier. Geer has attended family events and the annual women’s retreat hosted by her chapter, the Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota/Dakotas.
Petrello-Dobson has von Willebrand disease and lives in New Castle, Pennsylvania. She is pursuing a degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Active in the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of NHF, this year Petrello-Dobson participated in the state advocacy day and NHF’s Washington Days event. She served as team captain for her chapter’s 2009 Hemophilia Walk. In 2008, she spoke at NHF’s Annual Meeting in Denver. In addition, Petrello-Dobson attends her chapter’s educational weekends, VWD support group meetings and fundraisers. This scholarship is inspired by the generosity of Josephine Droney and Lindsey Hanson. It is made possible through the generous support of NHF’s Women’s Health and Bleeding Disorders Initiative from CSL Behring, Founding Sponsor of Project Red Flag, and from Grifols.