Pat Leahan Medical Fund

$8,611 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 87 people in 22 months
Naomi Swinton
on behalf of Patricia Leahan
 LAS VEGAS, NM
Life long activist Pat Leahan is a friend to many, an advocate for justice and a champion of the underdog. For many years, working in partnership with members of the Las Vegas community, and health, electoral, environmental and economic justice organizers around NM, nationally and around the globe, Pat has demonstrated incredible creativity and spark, managing to bring people together and change and create policies. She takes every opportunity to help others in significant and innovative ways.

Since she heeded the calling to leave a full-time career teaching Social Work, Pat has worked with students at NM Highlands University, UNM and UWC-USA as well as with students in Minnesota and around the world. She has generously shared the Las Vegas Peace & Justice model of organizing and meeting community needs. 

Pat and LV P&J have many transformative accomplishments - undertaken in deep partnership with other groups and individuals - including assisting a groups to remove a dangerous diesel power station from Las Vegas, saving thousands of acres of public land, maintaining a vital weekly radio show on KFUN, co-writing a powerful ordinance to prevent oil and gas fracking in Northern NM, coordinating opposition to the Low Altitude Tactical Navigation plan, helping to initiate a San Miguel County reintegration center, creating inspiring videos, helping keep herbicides out of our gallinas watershed, and co-leading the effort to bring paper ballots back to NM to assure election integrity for all. Pat has provided years of dedicated service on behalf of public schools, people in detention, community safety, health care, and veterans, youth, seniors and animals. She maintains an incredible daily practice of living in alignment with her deep values. Her presence as a warm, caring, funny friend who enjoys a joke and goes out of her way for others so often inspires and gives hope to so many.

Pat needs our help now as she faces some significant health care costs and challenges following a recent hospitalization, and continues to take on key issues in our community while serving as an important resource for many other campaigns around the country. Please make a contribution today to help bolster Pat's strength and give her a sense of how her life work and choices have affected you along the way. Share a story in the comments and contribute what you can to Pat's health and living expenses at this crucial juncture. Thank you. If you prefer, and would like to make a donation in the form of a personal check, please send it to: 
P.O. Box 194, Rainsville, NM.

We will keep everyone posted as Pat regains her strength. Your help means so much and is vital given Pat's decades of work on behalf of others, and without a paycheck or health insurance. We have set a goal of $20,000 to allow Pat to focus on her health for the coming 12 months and relieve some of the stress she has been under. Your support for Pat and her work is deeply appreciated.
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Thanks to everyone who helped launch this GoFundMe Campaign in support of Pat's work and health and to all the amazing folks who donated! The added support and resources Pat has been able to access because of those incredibly generous donors have made a big difference in accessing the care and support she needs. For all of this Pat is deeply grateful. Thank you.

Pat's health status continues to improve significantly, and she is able to stay focused on the important work of peace and justice. Thank you to everyone who is helping to make this possible. Her health requires vigilance and she has been working closely with a local physician to address issues related to esophagitis, cardiac and lung function, a nerve injury, and some pain management.

AUGUST 1st, 2018 UPDATE: We have an exciting update to the campaign. An anonymous donor has just contributed $1,000 AND they are offering to MATCH all donations made by September 30th, 2018.

As we approach the 2018 midterm elections, Pat will need her energy to continue her election integrity work. Your contribution, which will be matched, will support these efforts.

Election integrity has been important to Pat and the Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center since they opened in 2004. As we prepare for local, state and national elections in November 2018, Pat is working on a number of issues, including voter education and voter registration drives, working with county clerks to help assure that everyone who wants to vote can, working to assure that every vote is counted and counted as cast, working as always with the NM Secretary of State to provide training and international monitors at the polls, and collaborating with other groups working on GOTV efforts.

Donate between now and September 30th and your contribution will be matched. Thank you!
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Dear Friends, thank you so much for your generous support and your kind messages. Pat is so encouraged and every gift means so much to her. I know it will make a huge difference to her as she focuses on her health and well-being. I feel grateful to be part of this circle with you. Take care and know your friendship means so much.
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Raised by 87 people in 22 months
Created January 25, 2017
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$150
RENEA ROBERTS
1 month ago

Pat rocks!

$300
Anonymous
1 month ago
SC
$100
Sally Castleman
1 month ago

Pat is one of the dearest people I have ever worked with. She is committed, compassionate, and competent. She lives what she believes, always aligned with her values. As NM's elections become more honest and the outcomes more credible, it is in no small part thanks to Pat. Take care of yourself, Pat, and GET BETTER.

$100
Jonathan Simon
1 month ago

Pat, you have given so much to this most neglected of causes. Your words in Stealing America never fail to move and inspire. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery!

ML
$200
MICHAEL LEAHAN
1 month ago

I love my sister and I'm so proud of all the great work she does!

$111
Anonymous
2 months ago
PG
$100
Percyne Gardner
2 months ago

Keep up the great work, Pat.

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