Hi — so, I’ve been thinking I’d have a normal, relaxing summer (well “normal & relaxing” by Trump era standards) and not be too concerned about the AIDS Walk, since it’s not till fall. Then I got this postcard. Yikes! September 21! And my goal is $2,000. Double yikes. So, can we get my fundraising for the Walk started?
If it is at all possible, please donate on my AIDS Walk page. Anything. Any amount — even $5, because this is the beginning, we need a good start.
The Walk doesn’t bundle money up & send it off to a lab (not that research isn’t fantastic & wonderful & I’m glad for all the advances). It goes directly to help people who are living with HIV/AIDS — food bank, dental clinic, case management, subsidizing meds…. Direct help to people right now. So please if you can donate to my AIDS Walk page. Here’s some examples of what your money does:
$120 provides education for 440 people. Education is one of the most important tools in reducing new infections.
$250 provides 3 family counseling sessions. It can be devastating for a family when a member is diagnosed, and we know that an intact family unit promotes health and provides a built in support.
$500 provides a month of rent for one family in supportive housing. Assistance with food, daily chores, trips to medical appointments and social support create a foundation for continued health and a step toward independence.
$1,000 gives 450 home cooked meals for hospice patients. When in hospice, there are often unique food needs. You can make sure that final days are spent with delicious food that doesn’t upset someone’s stomach.
We are the only ones who can help — as my boys say: there is no them, there’s only us
And this song also reminds me so much of the Walk, here’s the chorus:
Sound and pulse and volume
Hands just reaching out for hands
This is almost overload
I said almost overload
Friends and foes and princes
Are all just human in the end
This is so damn simple, yeah
It’s so damn simple
that really is what participating in the Walk is like — it’s a big group of friendly people, all joining together for a great purpose, please donate at my AIDS Walk page and/or share this around, if you know people who might donate