To My Dear Friends and Family,
“The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I've seen that road before
It always leads me here
Lead me to your door”
This year has been a difficult one for us all. We have felt the loneliness of isolation; the sadness of grief, but fortunately the undying feeling of hope still remains in our hearts. My mother always used to say to me, “When there’s life, there’s hope.” And as we travel down this long and winding road I know a future of goodness lies ahead. Imagine being diagnosed HIV positive or living with full-blown AIDS, especially now – fighting an additional virus. As difficult as it’s been prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the challenges individuals are facing to simply find their next meal and/or shelter is enormous. So I come to you and ask you with hope in my heart and love in my soul to please help in any way you can this year. You, my amazing supporters, have made me a Super Star for GMHC! But it is you who make it all possible.
The journey since I lost brother, Howie in 1995 has been an emotional one for me. I've educated myself about GMHC and learned how the money raised from the annual AIDS Walk betters the lives of individuals and their families. If you would like to learn more about where your money goes I am happy to help you with that information. But also know the support I receive from dedicated friends like you make GMHC's work possible. People living with HIV/AIDS need reliable services, care, assistance and effective advocacy - and with your continued support GMHC does just that.
Unfortunately, Howie not only remained closeted, he was terribly embarrassed and felt stigmatized by his diagnosis. He never sought help. He didn't know of GMHC. Today clients and their families are provided with support systems because people are advocating for them. We are making a difference. The stigma associated with AIDS has decreased. Education and awareness has increased.
This year I was acknowledged on social media for my fundraising by GMHC. As luck would have it a young woman, born HIV positive began to follow me on Instagram after seeing this. I have chosen to keep her anonymous but I honor her everyday and applaud her effort to raise awareness. She appropriately titled herself an HIV “stigma warrior” and channels her energy to this cause. I admire her strength, courage and stamina. She has been near death several times, but is a true survivor at 34 years old.
In memory of my brother, Howie, I will continue this fight to live in a world free of AIDS where there is no need for GMHC. And in honor of my new friend, I ask for your continued support. I thank you for your gift of hot meals, legal assistance, counseling, testing and very importantly awareness
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page and making a donation to
AIDS Walk New York.
Stay safe and healthy.
With all my love,