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  1. John's Team - $56,460.00
  2. Brown Middle School - $36,301.61
  3. Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard - $25,410.00
  4. Becky's Babes - $15,807.23
  5. I walk - $15,226.99

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  1. $1,000 Milestone Bette Byrnes - $53,595.00
  2. $1,000 Milestone Bruce Walker - $10,326.00
  3. $1,000 Milestone Joe Deegan - $8,246.00
  4. $1,000 Milestone Jonathan Urbach - $6,437.00
  5. $1,000 Milestone Warren Schur - $5,840.00

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Why I am OBSESSED with raising $ for people with HIV/AIDS

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Goal: $2,000.00
Achieved: $2,045.00
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In watching the movie Dallas Buyers Club recently, it really reminded me of President Ronald Reagan's HIV/AIDS legacy, that SILENCE = DEATH.

I'm not sure that people who are younger than I am remember his shameful abdication of leadership in the fight against AIDS. History may ultimately judge his presidency by the thousands who have and will die of AIDS.

Following discovery of the first cases in 1981, it soon became clear a national health crisis was developing. Because the victims at that time were mostly gay men, the crisis was swept under the carpet, under-funded and under-researched.

A significant source of Reagan's support came the religious right. The Moral Majority, was a political-action group founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell. AIDS became the tool, and gay men the target, for the politics of fear, hate and discrimination. Falwell said "AIDS is the wrath of God upon homosexuals." Reagan's communications director Pat Buchanan argued that AIDS is "nature's revenge on gay men."
(citation: http://tinyurl.com/9udrrwb)

Which leaves us where we are today.

In the United States, someone is infected with HIV every 11 minutes.
There are more than 1.1M people living with HIV in the US.
About 16% of those who are HIV positive do not know their status.
In the US, about 24% of new infections occur in those 13-24 years old. About 60% of them are unaware of their status.

I realized that although I have done fundraising for Reed College as a volunteer for about five years, contacting people identified by the development office, I have not personally attempted to do fundraising from friends and family for a cause that's important to me in quite some time.

You may wonder why, when I have people in my immediate family who have been affected by medical issues, I am not raising money for those particular areas of research. Good question. My next fundraising effort will probably be for Parkinson's disease research.

My goal is $1,000, which is enough to make a serious commitment to someone's legal representation if they have been discriminated against for having HIV/AIDS. What will happen if I make my goal before the walk? I'll raise it, of course.

I plan to do the 10K walk with Dakota, my two year old golden retriever. If you would like to walk with me, just let me know.

So I apologize in advance. I am determined to raise this money. I will try not to bother you, but I know the way to successfully raise money for this cause that is so important to me is to ask everyone I know and to keep asking.

The cost of a cup of coffee or a beer is still a meaningful donation to me.

I am walking in memory of my high school art teacher Jon Bubb.

Thanks in advance.

How You Can Help Me

  • You can make a donation by clicking "Donate Now" just above the thermometer measuring my fundraising progress.
  • If you prefer to write a check, you can download a donation form by using the link at the bottom of this page that says "Make a donation by mail."
  • To sign up as a Walker, Runner, or Volunteer for this year's AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run, click "Sign Up."

 

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