Hello PATS supporters,
In our last update, we told you about the passing of PATS advisor, Wang Liyao. In his memory volunteers and supporters came together in early May in Boston to remember his life and inspiring contributions. Zhang Ying, founder of PATS China-based partner, AIDS Orphan Salvation Association (AOS), traveled from China and was among the many guests who paid tribute by planting a tree in Wang Laoshi's honor. Attached are some pictures from the day.
We also wanted to thank our supporters who pitched in their dollars during the PATS tribute matching drive on GlobalGiving! We were able to raise over $5,000 through new and existing supporters on GlobalGiving, which is an amazing achievement. This just goes to show that even for a small, volunteer run organization, we can all do a lot when we put our minds to it! All toward the common goal of continuing our mission of helping our kids have happy, healthy childhoods.
In other news, we have some volunteers visiting our kids in China towards the end of the summer, and we will post photos and additional updates after that trip.
We'll also have our quarterly newsletter available soon!
Dear PATS supporters,
It’s only a few weeks until Mother’s Day! We wanted you guys to know about great fundraising drive GlobalGiving is funding for Mother's Day. From now until May 12th, every donation made as a gift on the PATS GlobalGiving project page will be matched by GlobalGiving with an additional $5 donation. Donate to PATS as a gift/in honor of someone else by selecting the third giving option, “gift or in honor of,” under the orange donate button on the project page. GlobalGiving will send the gift recipient an email, snail mail, or print-at-home card.
GlobalGiving will be awarding $1,000 to the project with the most money raised and $1,000 to the project with the most tribute card donors. Help us get the $1,000 bonus for largest number of tribute card donors! Even $5 will help- that means at least $10 for PATS and helps us on our way to an additional $1,000. That is enough to fund all of the needs for one child for one year.
You may use the following link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/pats/?show=gift
Thanks for all of your continued support. Follow us on our Facebook page for more frequent updates on what we've been up to. https://www.facebook.com/pages/PATS-Pediatric-AIDS-Treatment-Support
On another note, we have some sad news to share. PATS Advisor Wang Liyao (also known as Wang Laoshi) passed away at the beginning of March after a brave, year long battle with pancreatic cancer. He left the world peacefully with his family at his side in Hangzhou, China. He cared so much for the PATS children and we will miss him dearly. His son Jason said, "I'd like to take this chance to thank you all, people in PATS and Boston and the others for the kind concern and support given to my dad. His heart, mind and love are always with you even in his last days." Here he is last May with Board Member Jialan. The PATS volunteers will be holding a memorial for him in Boston early next month and will plant a tree in his memory.
Our Associate Director, Cherry Wan, went to XinXiang, Henan, Fuyang and Anhui in December to visit our kids. Here are a few highlights of her trip: We welcomed one new PATScommunity health worker, Ms. Zhang, who was formerly a schoolteacher. She works very well with the children and is especially great at helping them set goals. During the home visits, Cherry noticed that Ms. Zhang was checking each child’s fingernails. Cherry later learned that during the visits in the previous month, Ms. Zhang asked every child to keep their hands and nails clean as part of their effort to maintain proper hygiene. This is a small example of the dedication and diligence that the workers apply to caring for the PATS kids. On this trip, Cherry facilitated a conference call between our medical advisor/board member, Dr. Jessica Haberer, and the community health workers. They discussed specific issues related to the children, such as possible drug resistance and behavioral problems. The workers benefited greatly from Jessica’s advice, and these continued conversations will help develop the workers’ technical skills. Lastly, as more PATS kids become young adults, we are planning activities around age-appropriate sex education. While PATS continues to evolve, our core mission of providing comprehensive care and support to children living with HIV/AIDS remains unchanged. Here's a picture of Long, one of our newest PATS kids, wearing a hat from his Sponsor.