Pat Leahan Medical Fund

$5,855 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 70 people in 12 months
Naomi Swinton
on behalf of Patricia Leahan
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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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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$5,855 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 70 people in 12 months
Created January 25, 2017
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River Black
7 months ago

Hope you're doing well, Pat!

Jonny Leahan
9 months ago

Happy Birthday Patti!

Kelly Gallagher
11 months ago

You are my colleague and friend, and you are in my thoughts during this time, sweetie. Please know I'm rooting for you and love you.

Kari Bachman
11 months ago

Pat, you are an inspiration to all of us here at Doña Ana Communities United. Thank you for your tireless work on behalf of so many causes, and for your ability to connect issues and people. Robert and I send our love and best wishes.

12 months ago
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