Today is World AIDS Day. To quote from WorldAIDSDay.org, “World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.”
My knitting pal, Steven Ambrose, has organized a fundraiser today to benefit the Lansing Area Aids Network, which provides a full range of services to HIV-positive people, and also works on AIDS prevention issues. I’m donating $50 worth of yarn and/or fiber as a prize for his amazing drawing, and all you have to do is make a donation –today!– to be eligible to win a piece of this great stuff.
We all know someone who has been affected by HIV/AIDS. My dear friend Jerry Jacks died from AIDS in 1986, and I still miss him. With prevention, testing, and treatment, it’s not the death sentence it was then, but no one can be complacent. I hope you are able to help.
Edit: To clarify, Jerry died because of AIDS, but perhaps not from it. He had been very ill, but feared getting a diagnosis of AIDS, so his illness went untreated. Thank you to my friend Andi Schecter for confirming that.