Get to know – Kathy Pidegon
- How did you learn about Gabriel’s Angels?
I first learned about Gabriel’s Angels and Pam Gaber when I was Director of Phoenix Suns Charities. Our board selected Gabriel’s Angels to receive a grant check and I met Pam personally when I handed her a check at our Grants Reception. I was immediately touched by Pam’s vision, her passion and her proven results providing pet therapy to children at risk
- What was your moment of inspiration to become a donor?
My sister Mary passed away quite suddenly 5 years ago. She was my only sister and best friend. I had gifted Mary a puppy named Nicky to keep her company, as Mary was widowed quite young and suffer much trauma from losing her husband at such a young age. Nicky became, in effect, a therapy dog for Mary and provided her with love, affection, and focus. I chose to make a meaningful donation to Gabriel’s Angels in memory of my sister as a way to honor her memory and support an organization such as Gabriel’s Angels that provides therapy to children who have been the victim of trauma.
- Do you have a pet at home? If so, have you experienced therapy from your own Pet?
I currently have 3 pups at home: Max, a crazy Brittany Spaniel who is 14, Riley, a sweet Duck Tolling Retriever I adopted in Flagstaff who is 13 and my baby, Liberty aka Libby, a 1 year old King Charles Cavalier who was born on 9/11. All of my dogs bring me such joy and unconditional love.
Libby, in particular, has become my therapy dog, she is certified as a comfort dog and travels with me on planes, trains, and automobiles! I have had my share of loss in the last 5 years including a serious cancer diagnosis. Libby has provided me with more therapy in her one short year of life than a thousand therapists could ever provide! Libby is an illustration of the power of animals to connect with humans in the most vulnerable of times.
- What would you tell someone about Gabriel’s Angels to encourage them to become a donor themselves?
I would encourage them to consider donating to Gabriel’s Angels for so many reasons. As an attorney dedicated to handling the adoptions of foster children, I understand the vast need for permanency and safe homes for our 19,000 foster children in care in Arizona. Donating to Gabriel’s Angels is a perfect way to make a difference in a child’s life. We all need to take responsibility for our vulnerable children in some way. Gabriel’s Angels’ provides the sort of love that lasts forever. There is no more deserving organization in Arizona. Donate now! And don’t forget to attend Salud on October 6th where you can donate and enjoy a wonderful night of fun, food, entertainment, and inspiration!