Benefit for Sarah Piraino - How you Can Help!
WNY Advising will be hosting a basket giveaway at our annual WNY Advising Conference to benefit Sarah Piraino, an advising colleague and former chair of the conference. Please consider donating items, money, reaching out to businesses you know, or challenging your colleagues to help a friend in need.
Earlier this year, University at Buffalo academic advisor and two-time UAC conference chair, Sarah Piraino, was given a potentially fatal diagnosis of a rare, serious disease known as Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML). It is progressing quickly and is believed to have been caused in part by her long time battle against Lupus. Sarah was accepted into a clinical trial for this disease that we hope will help prolong her life to give her more time with her family. Sarah is a single mom to two 11 year old children, Anthony and Adriana.
Most recently the PML has stabilized but new challenges have arisen between finding ways to treat Sarah’s Lupus, treating acute renal failure, and participating in physical therapy and rehabilitation all while trying to find “a new normal”. There have been and will continue to be numerous check-ups and doctor’s visits as well as regular trips to Maryland, where Sarah sought treatment for the PML. The family has been very successful with a gofundme campaign but recently found out that the funds are tied up for major medical expenses and funeral costs. Beth, Sarah’s Mom, has been her primary caregiver. In addition to prayers, Beth tells us that they could use our help with funding travel and day-to-day expenses.
Over the years, Sarah has been very involved in the Higher Education community and in order to help her and her family during this difficult time, WNY Advising is seeking donations for Prize Baskets or gift certificates that could be offered at a raffle during our conference on February 15, 2018. (General donations also welcomed). All funds raised will go directly towards Sarah and her family. If you would like to donate, please contact any of the individuals listed to the right.
Basket Giveaway / Donations
Here are several ways to help participate!
To drop off or send in donations prior to the conference:
Additional Drop Off Locations: