Pat graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with a B.A. in English. She spent three years teaching in inner San Antonio before transitioning to a non profit organization. She has spent the past 12 years fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) South Central Texas Chapter. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers. During her time with LLS, Pat professionally fundraised more than $7.5 million and personally fundraised more than $17,000 for the local chapter. Most recently, Pat served as the Director for the largest fundraising campaign, Light The Night, where she oversaw $1.7 million gross annual revenue, the highest in the chapter’s history.
Pat comes from a military family. Her dad, Harold R Irwin, served 20 years in the US Army and National Guard before retiring after his deployment in Desert Storm. She has one brother who served in the US Coast Guard and another brother who is currently in the National Guard. Pat’s family also consists of several uncles and cousins who have served or are still serving in the military.
Pat lives in San Antonio with her two young children, a son and a daughter, and their two dogs. She loves teaching her kids about giving back to the community and hopes they too will develop a heart for service. Pat is a den leader for her daughter’s cub scout group, participates in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training campaign, serves on the committee for Little Heroes Prom for children with cancer, volunteers at her church, and recently served two years on the school’s PTA fundraising committee. Pat also enjoys hiking and camping with her kids and traveling to visit her twin sister…who looks nothing like her.