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Lulu Nurse awards grants for Mount nursing alumnae

To honor the memory of their daughter, sister, and friend, Cindy Bland '08 ADN, her family establishes grants for Mount alumnae who are working nurses

February 2, 2022

The Lulu Nurse Cindy Bland Memorial Foundation invites MSMU nursing program alumnae who are working in the profession to apply for 2022 Lulu Nurse Grants. With the generous donations Lulu Nurse has received, this year the foundation will award five grants of $2,000 each to deserving working graduates of Mount Saint Mary’s nursing program. The foundation’s intent is to each year increase the size and number of these grants.

The foundation was established to honor the memory of Cindy Bland ’08 ADN. Over her 10-year nursing career, she worked as a dedicated labor and delivery nurse at UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, University of Washington, and the University of San Francisco. Friends and coworkers alike say that her best attributes were her kindness and ability to connect with everyone, traits that made her especially beloved by her patients. A video tribute to her work lives on the foundation’s website

Cindy, just right of center in the black blouse and leggings, with her family. The family created the Lulu Foundation to help fellow nurses adopt healthy lifestyles. They are also offering scholarships for Mount alumnae actively working in the nursing profession.
Cindy, just right of center in the black blouse and leggings, with her family. The family created the Lulu Foundation to help fellow nurses adopt healthy lifestyles. They are also offering scholarships for Mount alumnae actively working in the nursing profession.

Cindy was a healthy person who ate well and exercised regularly, but often put the care of her patients, family, and friends before herself. Despite her efforts to live a healthy life, she was tragically diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in June 2018. Eleven months later, after a hard-fought battle, she lost her life at the age of 38. Her family knew that many nurses focus so much on their patients that their own well-being suffers.

To continue Cindy’s legacy of caring and keep her memory alive, her family founded Lulu Nurse in June 2020 to inspire the nursing community to make positive lifestyle choices to prevent illness and improve societal health and wellness. Lulunurse.org provides educational information on topics such as fitness, mental health, sleep, nutrition, and how to deal with stress and grief.

MSMU nursing program alumnae working in the nursing field are invited to apply for a grant by April 15, 2022.  The application is available at https://alums.msmu.edu/lulu