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NHF Announces Women’s Scholarships Winners

Anna DeSimone Women’s Scholarship for the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Annual Meeting


NHF is pleased to announce that Ernestine Fuller is the winner of the Anna DeSimone Women’s Scholarship for the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Annual Meeting. The scholarship, established in 2012, honors the memory of Anna DeSimone, a former NHF staff member who was a tireless advocate for women with bleeding disorders. It covers the cost of registration fees, airfare and accommodations to NHF’s Annual Meeting for one woman with a bleeding disorder.


Fuller, 47, lives in Landover, Maryland. She has von Willebrand disease (VWD) and is active with her chapter, Hemophilia Association of the Capital Area. As an African-American woman diagnosed later in life, Fuller has provided awareness for other women by sharing literature and information at local health expos. She is looking forward to attending her first Annual Meeting in November in Orlando.


Victory for Women Academic Scholarship for Women with Bleeding Disorders


Lydia Gonzalez and Marlee Whetten are the winners of the 2012 Victory for Women Academic Scholarship for Women with Bleeding Disorders. The scholarship provides $2,500 each to two recipients yearly as they pursue post-secondary education. It was inspired by the generosity of two extraordinary young women, Josephine Droney and Lindsey Hansen.


Gonzalez lives in Las Vegas. The 20-year-old is pursuing a physical therapy assistant (PTA) program at the College of Southern Nevada, in Las Vegas. She feels fortunate to be one of only 12 applicants chosen for the PTA program.  Born with hydrocephalus and VWD, Gonzalez has been a recipient of PT throughout her life and plans to use her degree to educate other PTs about bleeding disorders patients. She is active in her church, where she has been involved with the youth, college and drama ministries. For the Nevada Chapter of NHF she has volunteered with the youth group, walk/run, picnic, Harley Davidson Motorcycle Event and has served as a leader in training at the chapter’s camp.


Whetten is 19 and lives in Lindon, Utah. She has moderate/severe type 1 VWD. She attends Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, where she was planning to pursue a long-held dream of obtaining a degree in violin performance. However, she recently changed her major to biochemistry to prepare for medical school. Some day she would like to be a hematologist and engage in research to find better treatments for bleeding disorders. Whetten has been involved in the BYU dance team, symphony orchestra and Italian club. In 2011 she was the concert master (violinist) for the Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2008, Whetten has served as a camp counselor at Camp Valor, the Utah Hemophilia Foundation’s bleeding disorders camp.


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