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Ted Miles

Ted Miles

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! I will be walking the NYC AIDS Walk with members of my faith community, St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan. I am walking in honor of the men and women who taught me much about the reality of AIDS - the Jesuits at Loyola University Baltimore, Bishop P Francis Murphy, Sr. Catherine Reichenberg, staff at Catholic Relief Services, Meals on Wheels, and the Franciscan Center - and to the many who have been impacted by HIV and AIDS, especially those who called us to a greater compassion.

My first awareness of the reality of AIDS came during the 1980's while I was a student at Loyola in Baltimore. Through our campus ministry, we volunteered with Meals on Wheels serving many who were living with HIV/AIDS. I was stunned by the neglect and marginalization at the time and our service to those living with HIV/AIDS became a formative experience for me.

Years later, when my mom worked at the Franciscan Center, I became more involved in ministries serving men and women living with AIDS. The Franciscan Center in Baltimore had a remarkable ministry, under the servant leadership of Sr. Catherine Reichenberg, that provided services to people affected by poverty. Sr. Catherine embodied compassion and care that helped people reclaim their dignity and a desire to live with the fullness of life we all desire.

Baltimore’s auxiliary archbishop, P. Francis Murphy, invited me to serve on the first Archdiocesan AIDS commission in the 1990s. In fact, I recently learned he modeled this commission on the ministry of St. Francis Xavier NYC. His work for justice in this area inspired numerous communal gatherings of prayer, education and advocacy, particularly for marginalized communities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

During my time as a staff member at Catholic Relief Services, I became more aware of the global reality and the disparity in access to medication and resources between wealthy and developing nations. CRS was instrumental in bringing to fruition President Bush’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, the largest program to ever assist impoverished communities in Africa and other parts of the world.

Today, the reality of HIV and AIDS still impacts millions across the world. Many who are already marginalized due to ethnicity or poverty are further disproportionately marginalized with respect to adequate care, education and resources. Research is still needed to bring about a cure, but the virus no longer receives the attention it once did.

I am walking this year to keep this in our radar, in the national spotlight, recognizing that even with the progress we have made over the years, more work, resources and commitment are needed. I am truly grateful for any support or donation you can give here to AIDS Walk New York!

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