In July of 2017 wife and mother of three, Monica Aguilar Hicks was informed that her husband Leo had AML, an aggressive form of Leukemia. Leo’s only chance of survival would be through a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. After receiving a stem cell transplant Leo vowed that when he beat AML he would pay it forward by sharing his story and raising awareness for the Be the Match bone marrow registry. Leo fought like a warrior however 14 months later he lost the battle, Monica knew one day she would pay it forward in his honor. Three years later the seed for Dink for Cause was planted.
Monica was born and raised in northern California. Her parents were both born in Mexico and moved to the United States in hopes to one day provide a better life for their future family.
Monica met her husband Leo in 1998. They soon married and moved abroad living in Ireland, Singapore, and the Netherlands. They eventually settled in the midwest and started a family. In 2013 they moved to southern California.
Monica volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was PTA treasurer, and while attending college she tutored children of migrant workers who traveled through different regions of California throughout the school year. Monica is currently on the Board of Ambassadors for the Be the Match foundation. She is also an avid runner who finds much joy in training for half marathons and has found a new joy and passion in pickleball!