SOURCE: Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan

April 22, 2008 15:48 ET

Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan Presents Awards at Its Annual Conference

YPSILANTI, MI--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - Nearly 500 people gathered at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth to attend SpringFest®, the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan's (HFM) annual consumer education conference. During the conference dinner on April 12, 2008, the HFM Board President Lauren Shellenberger presented academic scholarship awards to 3 deserving young people. Lauren began the presentation by saying, "It is my pleasure to introduce the following young people who have worked so hard for academic success. We hope these scholarship awards will help these young people to pursue their future endeavors."

Each year the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan recognizes young people in the Michigan bleeding disorders community for their achievements, both academic and extra-curricular. The recipients of the 2008 HFM Scholarship awards are: Tejas Joshi (Canton), a senior at Plymouth High School who will enter the pre-med program at the University of Michigan in the fall; and Matthew Winters (Livonia), a senior at Winston Churchill High School who will pursue Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State University in the fall. The HomeMed Scholarship was awarded to: Michael Greene (Holland), who will study music at Grand Valley State University in the fall.

Also at SpringFest®, staff members from Hemophilia Treatment Centers were recognized for their outstanding service to the bleeding disorders community. This year's recipients were: Michelle Witkop (Traverse City) FNP-BC, Nurse Coordinator at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City and Karen Boyd (Lansing), MSW, LCSW, Treatment Center Social Worker at Michigan State University. Both Michelle and Karen Boyd demonstrate exemplary service to meet the needs of their patients.

Volunteers of the Year were also recognized at SpringFest®. This year's recipients were Bob Danehy and Scott Patton (both of Ypsilanti). Bob and Scott are involved in HFM's fundraising efforts at Detroit Tigers games and are always willing to lend a hand.

A special award was presented this year to Jaden Letts (Manton), a first grader who made a presentation to his class about hemophilia and led his school in a penny drive for hemophilia research which raised $612!

The Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan congratulates all its award winners.

The Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan is located at 1921 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. For information, or to make your reservation, please call 734-544-0015 or 800-482-3041.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
    1921 W. Michigan Avenue
    Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
    Phone: 734-544-0015
    FAX 734-544-0095

    Ivan C. Harner
    Executive Director
    734-544-0015 ext. 26
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