National Philanthropies

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation was adopted as one of AEPhi’s national philanthropies in 2000.  The Foundation was founded in 1988 by AEΦ Alumna Elizabeth Meyer Glaser and her two close friends AEΦ alumna Susie Bernstein Zeegen (Xi Chapter, University of Southern California) and Susan DeLaurentis, shortly after Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, discovered that she, along with their two children Ariel and Jake, were infected with the AIDS virus as a result of a blood transfusion. The Zeta Chapter is happy to support such an amazing organization.

Want to learn more? Please visit: http://www.pedaids.org/


Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. Their mission is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

Want to learn more? Please visit: http://www.sharsheret.org/

Local Philanthropies

 

New York Dance Marathon, or NYDM, represents the culmination of a year-long fundraising effort to benefit the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, an organization which provides financial and emotional for the families of children battling cancer. On a designated day during the fall semester, members of NYU Greek Life and other students come together to dance for a total of twelve hours. Alpha Epsilon Phi participates to support Gabby, our "B+ Hero" who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma in 2012. We are proud to recognize her as an honorary member of AEPhi. Our sorority has consistently been named the top fundraiser at NYDM, and sisters love to raise awareness together by wearing B+ apparel, going "canning" for donations, organizing bakesales, and more! We stand by the motto: Every day, every dollar, every dance, for the kids.

By: Josephine Rubin, Head of NYDM


 

Gabby was first introduced to our chapter in 2012, when she was five years old. She had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, and through The B+ Foundation, she was matched with our sorority and joined our sisterhood. While Gabby was in treatment, sisters traveled in shifts to the hospital to keep our newest little sis company and entertained. During this time she got to visit our chapter house, celebrate the first NYDM with us (New York Dance Marathon) and get to bond with so many sisters! She went into remission in 2013. Sadly, after living almost two years cancer free she relapsed during the summer of 2015. Without hesitation and with lots of love, sisters rushed to her side to keep her company during her treatment. Now, a year later, we are happy to say that Gabby is in remission again! Her being out of the hospital only enables us to do more with her, such as play with her in the park or take her to paint pottery. Gabby loves the time spent with sisters so much that when she was asked what her dream was when she grew up, she said ‘to be a sorority sister’. Gabby is such an integral part of our chapter. She is the sassiest, most fun-loving girl you will ever meet, and although she is only 10 years old, she is without a doubt an embodiment of AEPHI, and we are proud to have her as our sister.

BY: Cali Albanese, Head of B+ involvement