Since 2002 when L.I.F.E. was founded by two college students, Jodi Norton and Adina Gravit, L.I.F.E. has always made an effort to be involved with other lupus organizations/non-profits throughout the country in effort to show unity - together we can do so much!
In 2002, while showing support at the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk in New York, Adina met a young woman named Veronica Cruz. It was here that Adina told Veronica to apply for the L.I.F.E. Scholarship and the following year, Veronica become the recipient of the very first L.I.F.E. Scholarship.
In 2006, Jodi Norton was asked to speak at the Southern Arizona Lupus Foundation’s Annual Luncheon.
In 2014, L.I.F.E. began its Sponsorship Program and one of the first awards was sponsored by an Anonymous non-profit.
In 2015, on behalf of Sjogren’s and Lupus Foundation of Hawaii, Mr. Kris Nakagawa sponsored a L.I.F.E. Scholarship for a student in Hawaii, Anissa LeeHang.
From 2014-2015, Bianca Augusto (Vice President) showed her support by volunteering at the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk in Tampa, Florida.
This year’s awareness efforts involved two Rotary Clubs in Tucson, Arizona - the Old Pueblo Rotary Club and the Sunrise Rotary Club. During the month of May, also known as Lupus Awareness Month, Jodi Norton was a speaker at both of these clubs. Her presentation focused on removing the mystery surrounding lupus by informing the club members about this disease and also showcasing all the inspiring students that L.I.F.E. has helped over the years.
As of 2015, L.I.F.E. has awarded scholarships to students in 35 states. By continuing to work and form partnerships with other nonprofits, L.I.F.E. hopes to award scholarships to students in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) which further promotes its mission to bring lupus throughout the country.
We want everyone to know that lupUS does not have to define US and there is always HOPE.
Please help US to spread lupUS awareness - together we can do so much!