Sarah Piraino Scholarship & Benefit
Sarah was a beloved advising colleague and former chair of the conference. who sadly passed away September 19, 2018. Last year we raised over $825 for Sarah and her family's medical expenses. This year WNY Advising will be hosting a basket giveaway at our annual conference to benefit the new Sarah Piraino Scholarship, which will support graduate students wishing to attend the conference in her honor.
Early in 2017, 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 progressed 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 helped prolong her life to give her more time with her family. Sarah was a single mom to two 11 year old children, Anthony and Adriana.
In early 2018, the PML stabilized but new challenges arose 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 were 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 was very involved in the Higher Education community and in order to help 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 annual conference. In 2018 we successfully raised over $825 for her and her family, and this year we are raising money for a conference scholarship in her name as well as additional donations to support her family with medical bills, funeral expenses, and childcare for her two children. If you would like to donate, please contact any of the individuals listed to the right.
Donation & Benefit Options
Basket Raffle & Scholarship Donations
Direct Donations to Sarah's Family
Sarah's Family's GoFundMe Page
Donations & Giveaways
The following is an early list of donations and is subject to change. We encourage you to let us know or drop off items ahead of time, but you are also welcome to bring items to the conference.
- Item (Donor).
- 2019 Basket Donations