Going through our testimonials on our website yesterday, I was touched by the stories so many have sent us. Every testimonial is someone’s story about how HIV/AIDS completely affected their lives. I think it’s hard to truly understand and feel exactly how devastating this virus is if you haven’t had such an experience in your life but I do believe that it makes you really passionate about it if you ever had one. The following quote expresses what I mean:
A young woman recalls a poignant farewell to her skeletal, 34-year old uncle just before he died of complications from AIDS in 1994. She was only 14. She coped with this devastating loss by writing poems, contributing to the AIDS quilt, walking in the San Francisco AIDS walk, and wearing a bracelet from “Until There’s a Cure” in his memory. Fast forward to 2009, she writes:
“As a classroom teacher, I have discussed the disease and the impact it has had on my life. AIDS has claimed millions of lives since 1994, and each death is symbolic in that it was a life cut far too short. I hope that in my lifetime a cure for AIDS will be discovered. Until then, I will continue to do all that I can to help fund the research efforts to cure AIDS and continue to speak to my students about the importance of practicing safe sex.”
Until There’s A Cure for the disease, it is so important that we all work together to raise awareness especially among the young people in our society. What I love about this woman’s story is that she is so active in educating people; that is the most effective way to stop spread of HIV.
You can find all the other stories of our testimonials on our website at http://www.utac.org/testimonials.shtml. If you’d like to tell us your story or your reason why you wear our bracelet, you can participate in our facebook raffle where we’d love to share your story with you. Take a look at https://www.facebook.com/Until.Org
Thank you for doing your part to educate!