A note from Lisa Ayala
We are thankful to Lisa Ayala for sharing her story about the love of her life, Bobby.
Robert was a fun-loving goofball who woke up every morning with a smile on his face, and ready to take on the world. He had a master's degree in social work and spent the better part of his 25+ year career working for community-based non-profit organizations throughout Westchester County. He dedicated more than 12 years of his career to HIV/AIDS-related service programs researching, applying for, and winning grants that allowed for the continued funding of services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. For two years, he was an adjunct professor in the department of social work at Iona College educating young minds on understanding how HIV/AIDS affects the family system as well as helping to dispel myths and misconceptions about the disease. For the last two years of his life, he worked with Westchester residents struggling with substance abuse; helping them apply for housing and mental health benefits and introducing them to community-based programs to help them improve their quality of life. Robert was a lifetime resident of New Rochelle, where helping his community was his greatest joy and his biggest accomplishment.
A portion of proceeds from the 6th Annual REACH at the BEACH were donated to the St. Vincent's Hospital 988 suicide prevention hotline in memory of Bobby.