Thank you for joining me in this cause! I’m excited to share my AIDS/LifeCycle journey with you.
I’ll be working throughout the year in support of the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Here is my personal journey with HIV.
In 2000 I was scheduled to deploy to Bosnia with my reserve unit. This entailed being sent to Ft Bragg for a week to prepare for deployment. At the time I was also one of the litigants in the Don't ask, Don't tell case called Able v. US.
On the last day I was called into a meeting with my commander, a chaplain and the commander from my unit in Los Angeles. This was where I was told I had HIV. My military life in the reserves came to a sudden halt after 16 good years. being a reservist meant I was not eligible for a medical discharge or any support from the government.
The Ryan White act and places like the Center Los Angeles were the only places to turn and they were there for me to help with medical services and medications. I am here today because of the generosity of others so it is time to pay it forward and raise as much money for a cause that will one day be able to announce the end of HIV/AIDS
The services provided as a result of my fundraising efforts include counseling, HIV/STD screenings, linking youth experiencing homelessness and people living with HIV to housing, and so much more. By supporting this cause, you take a stand against stigma, helping to create a world where health justice is a reality for everyone.
These services mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?