Non-Profit Sponsorsed Recipients
2015 Sponsored Awards
- Anissa LeeHang, Mr. Kris N. Nakagawa via Sjogren's and Lupus Foundation of Hawaii
- Linda Zhang, Anonymous
L.I.F.E extends many thanks to Sjögren’s & Lupus Foundation of Hawaii (SLFH). In 2015, SLFHAnissa LeeHangsponsored L.I.F.E Scholarship winner, Anissa LeeHang, an undergraduate student living with lupus. Anissa attends college at Hawaii Pacific University and is currently pursuing plans become a rheumatologist. According to Anissa, “I hope to one day be able to help other people with lupus in ways that only another lupus patient can. Tomorrow, I want someone to hear my story and for me to be the reason they have the strength to never give up.”
SLFH founder, Melaca Cannela, is a Registered Nurse who just recently started SLFH in 2014 after being diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome in 2011. Melaca’s personal journey living with Sjögren’s syndrome motivated her to start the foundation and help those that are newly or previously diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome and/or lupus. The foundation’s mission is to help educate, support and provide valuable resources for those living with lupus and Sjogren’s every day.