Patricia McKay Verbeeck’s 17-year-old child took their life by suicide on March 6, 2018. Hope, born as Eric Verbeeck, was in the process of a gender transition to female.
People across South Florida are opening their hearts and contributing to YES Institute in Hope’s memory, honoring a request Hope made in a goodbye letter. The obituary and an interview with Patricia appeared in the Miami Herald.
You can prevent the heartbreaking loss of a young life. Consider a contribution to the 2019 Hope Verbeeck Fund that allows for YES Institute educational dialogues in schools, that can reduce stigma and bullying on gender and orientation.
Contact us at 305-663-7195 or click DONATE NOW to contribute online.
If you or a loved one is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the Miami-Dade 2-1-1 JCS Helpline or access the mental health agencies and resources on YES Institute’s Miami-Dade Gender & Orientation Resource Guide.
2019 Hope Fund Donors
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|Patricia Verbeeck Matched Funds =|
|Total 2019 Hope Fund =|
|Dr. Carol Clark|
Cécilia de Almeida Frachesen
Maureen Lyons de Gonzalez
Bob Medina & Hector Zuazo
|Robert Oldakowski & Luis Mendoza|
Alina San Giovanni
2018 Hope Fund Donors
Leading donors who contributed to the beginning of the Hope Fund.
|Visionary Level||Professionals Society Level|
|Patricia Verbeeck||Suresh & Sheila Chainani|
|Mentor Level||Marika Lynch & Adrian Villaraos|
|Cécilia de Almeida Frachesen||John Sugden|
|Caryn Amster||Megan Killion|
|Milagros Blanc||Charles McCutcheon|
|Jeffrey Brosco||Marty McGuire|
|Helen Brotherton||Hilda Mitrani|
|Elissa Chakoff||Jose Prendes|
|Julissa Chirinos||Irene Pilinger|
|Lauren & Alan Cohn||Eve Pinder|
|Lois & Walter Cook||Alina San Giovanni|
|Marty Davis||George Sauvigné|
|Helen Farber||Lisa Sloat|
|Suzan Farber||Danielle & Leonard Strickman|
|Fred Fejes||Kimberly Vine|
|John & Paula Festa||Allison Weinstein|
|Eric Hankin||Hope & Mark Wigmore|