On Sept. 12, Allyson “Ally” Maizie Arvin (20) died of natural causes related to Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). The New College community came together on Friday, Sept. 21 for a memorial service organized by the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) in honor of Ally. Students met outside of Hamilton “Ham” Center and traveled to the bayfront. At the Bay, Rev. Melanie Kim led a short service while students passed out candlesticks.
Additionally, Ally’s family held a “Celebration of Life” service in Clearwater on Thursday, Sept. 20. As per the family’s requests, donations to the CARES Foundation are preferred in lieu of flowers. CARES is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by CAH, a rare adrenal disorder that is underfunded and unknown to many in the healthcare field.
Love goes out to Ally’s family, friends and the campus community during both the grieving process and the celebration of Ally’s life.
“Her wicked sense of humor, her charity and her understanding nature will be sorely missed. I now feel like I’m lacking something, but that I’m fuller for having known her.” – Julian Hunter, friend to Ally