Everyday I come to work and I'm constantly reminded why I wanted to work for Cascade AIDS Project: People desperately need our help. CAP is an incredible organization, community partner, and advocate for those living/affected by HIV/AIDS.
In my family, we didn't talk about HIV/AIDS for a long time. We didn't talk about 'the gays' or being gay, it was something that neither side of the family wanted to acknowledge. When I started to come to terms with my sexuality things started to change. On one hand, everyone loved and supported me, but on the other hand I ignited a fear that haunted my family years before I had even heard the words HIV/AIDS.
In 1993, my uncle and godfather, Jeff, died of complications from fighting AIDS, a tragedy that still strikes our hearts every day. I remember growing up knowing he died, but it wasn't until I started to become who I am that I started to hear about the amazing man he was and the life he lived.
Jeffrey Cochran was a model, but not just any kind, he lived/worked in London. He did magazine shoots for famous designers and strutted the runway. He even rode on a Concorde one time with Prince Charles and Princess Diana to Vienna Fashion Week and said she was the nicest lady he had ever met. He was an openly gay man living in the prime of his life during the 80's, but that quickly changed when the AIDS crisis hit. By the time he came near to his death, he was receiving countless phone calls every week that another close friend had passed away.
Luckily, there are now medical advancements that have improved the lives of those with the virus tremendously, and medicines to prevent contracting it. But there is still no cure, and that's why we need to support organizations like CAP, to stand up for those living with the disease and stop the spread of new diagnoses.
Join me in helping me fight HIV/AIDS and support the incredible work we're doing everyday at Cascade AIDS Project. A donation from you can transform the life of someone living with HIV/AIDS-or help prevent someone else from contracting the virus.
On September 8th, join me in walking for such an incredible cause!
Incorporated in 1985, CAP the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. 2018 marks the 32nd Annual AIDS Walk Portland.
Cascade AIDS Project is a 501 c(3) organization.
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