Category: Alumni Associations

Help Support Monica’s Fund!

Pyka familyPlease read about my great friend and sorority sister/Badger buddy Monica Pyka. For the last two years, she has been battling against Leukemia and fighting for her life with such amazing grace and poise.  She has been a constant source of inspiration to me and the many other people whose lives she has touched throughout the years.  She is a pillar of strength and somehow, despite her circumstances, she still finds a reason to smile.  She reminds me everyday to appreciate the little things in life and to appreciate the goodness each day brings with it…

Back in November, Team Monica Miami successfully raised $3,215.00 in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk event.  Today, my fundraising efforts are much closer to home…the battle to save Monica’s life has brought with it insane medical costs that are not covered by insurance. We have set up Monica’s Fund with YouCaring.com to help cover some of the costs for her care.  Please help out if you can by clicking on the link below…any small amount will mean the world to Monica and her family!

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/monica-s-fund/140158

$3,215.00 Raised In Support Of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Team Monica Miami members: Diana Ide-Gonzalez, Heather A. Patchen and Aidez Severino

Team Monica Miami members: Diana Ide-Gonzalez, Heather A. Patchen and Aidez Severino

In just under a month, Team Monica Miami successfully raised $3,215.00 in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk event, which was held on Saturday, November 16th at Bayfront Park in Miami.  We were able to reach our goal thanks to the generous donations from several friends, family, Badger and Gamma Phi Beta alumni.

The Team walked in honor of Badger/Gamma Phi Sister Monica Pykawho was diagnosed almost two years ago with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) when she went in for routine testing upon learning that she was 2 months pregnant with her second child–a child she struggled to conceive.

For their efforts in raising over $1,000 each, Team Members Heather A. Patchen and Diana Ide-Gonzalez were recognized as Bright Lights Club Members and given medals to commemorate the achievement.

Funds raised in support of the Light The Night Walk help to provide patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. Light The Night Walk events are evenings filled with inspiration. During a leisurely walk, Champions For Cures carry illuminated balloons – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.  Over six thousand walkers at the Miami event came together to bring light to the dark world of cancer.

For more information about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to find a Light the Night event near you, click here.

FIU College of Law Inaugural Class Reception: Honoring our Beginning

Robert Scavone, Jr. and Heather A. Patchen pictured at the FIU College of Law Inaugural Class Reception

Robert Scavone, Jr. and Heather A. Patchen pictured at the FIU College of Law Inaugural Class Reception

When the Florida Legislature established FIU Law in 2000, it did so based on the ideal that the law school would provide a high-quality legal education that was affordable and accessible. In 2002, men and women of the inaugural class took a gamble on FIU Law, which had yet to be accredited. Their risk paid off. “I count myself lucky to have been a part of the FIU Law inaugural class,” said Christy Lopez. “I had complete confidence that I would be prepared to pass the bar and be practice ready. FIU Law provided me with all of that and more.”

To read more click here.