Gayle was the beloved wife of Peter Farman, who was a 14-year SAAGNY volunteer and former SAAGNY board member. She was the daughter of a schoolteacher and school administrator, who showed the importance of education by showing the opportunities it can bring to the world.
In 2020, Gayle was suddenly diagnosed with an advanced form of pancreatic cancer which took her life too soon at the age of 53. She is remembered as a brilliant woman with a golden heart, who would go above and beyond to always help and be an advocate for those in need, which was demonstrated by her commitment and passion of helping others through her endless volunteer work.
Her greatest passion was putting others first.
Gayle viewed the world through a unique lens, allowing her to see in people what they couldn’t see in themselves. She believed in people who were the underdog, the undiscovered, and the underrepresented. She would even professionally lobby legislators on behalf of children and adults with disabilities, advocating for their inclusion and integration in society.
In 2016, Gayle founded Passport For Good, which focuses on the education market by providing students, teachers, and school administrators with an easy tool to capture data on which students are volunteering and doing community service. Her company proudly stands today, serving thousands of students, teachers, and administrators.
Gayle also volunteered and became a board member for the non-profit organization Best Buddies whose mission is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
It is Gayle’s incredible work that has inspired us to dedicate this run to her memory. If you would like to become a sponsor of the run or just participate in the event on October 3rd please click below.