Letter from Nora Hanna, Executive Director


Dear Friends,

Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, we’ve battled hysteria, then ignorance, and now we are facing the toughest battle of all…………..complacency!

The effects of HIV/AIDS worldwide is that millions have died, leaving grief-stricken families and friends to cope with the loss. I know. I am one of them.

My journey begins in the 80’s as a buyer in a San Francisco department store. All around us, our friends and colleagues were dying from the “gay cancer”.  No one realized how this devastating disease would turn our world upside down. One minute our friends were happy and healthy, the next month they were dead.

I moved to New York City to pursue my fashion career in 1987.  By 1994, I had lost too many friends.  My friends John, Frank, Perry, Curt, Robert and Steve were all gone – so were many others. At the time I couldn’t believe this was happening, surely they would find a cure soon. Sixteen years later, people are still becoming infected with HIV and people are still dying of AIDS.

Nearly thirty years into the epidemic, there is still no simple solution to breaking the cycle of HIV.

HIV remains a human tragedy — infecting more than 2.7 million each year.  Every day worldwide, 6,800 people become infected with HIV and 5,700 die from AIDS. Only 30% of those needing medications are actually receiving them.  Worldwide, 16 million women are currently infected; 400,000 babies are born each year with HIV; 15 million children have lost one or both of their parents to HIV/AIDS. In the United States, more than 56,000 Americans are infected every year — that’s one person every 9 ½ minutes.  The epidemic has claimed the lives of nearly 600,000 Americans and affects many more. Currently, there are more than a million Americans living with HIV. Almost half of all Americans know someone living with HIV.

Great advances have been made in treatment and care that have improved the quality of life for persons with HIV/AIDS.   But this progress is still not enough.  We still don’t have a vaccine.  With all of this said, only 6% of Americans consider HIV/AIDS an urgent problem, BUT HIV/AIDS continues to be a critical problem.

Until There’s A Cure needs your HELP.  For us to continue our life changing work, we need your support.  There are several ways in which you may contribute:

  • Buy and wear The Bracelet, or give bracelets as gifts. We have products for both men and women, and to accommodate all budgets. 90% of all proceeds support vaccine development and other programs and services.  Order your bracelet online now www.until.org.
  • Use The Bracelet as a conversation starter. Let others know that HIV/AIDS continues to be an urgent problem that affects us all.
  • Become a Virtual Volunteer. Community acknowledgement and mobilization is our greatest HOPE for a cure. As a Virtual Volunteer, you can donate your commitment to finding a cure anytime, anywhere. You will leverage social networking platforms to restart the conversation and get HIV/AIDS back on the front page.
  • Make a Donation. If you are able, donate generously to Until There’s A Cure.

I am committed to continue fighting HIV/AIDS daily, in remembrance for my friends, John, Frank, Perry, Curt, Robert and Steve; I am committed to supporting those who continue to fight this epidemic. There is a cure for AIDS…….Wear a bracelet as a reminder that we’re not there yet.

We cannot afford to lose another 25 million people. I hope you’ll join me in turning HIV/AIDS into a distant memory for everyone.

Sincerely,

 

Nora Hanna

Executive Director

Until There’s A Cure Foundation

www.until.org | www.untiltheresacure.wordpress.com

560 Mountain Home Road | Redwood City, CA 94062

p. (650) 332-3200

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