I know - you hear from me every year, so why is this year so special?
- I will turn 70 just before the Walk and I want this year to count as my first walk as a septuagenarian! That means I'm gonna ask you to donate for my birthday in a way that acknowledges my 70th birthday - ($70, $700 - or at least including a 7 in the number - like $57 instead of the $50 you might have given last year or $170 instead of the $100 you might have given last year.)
- This year the Trump administration has shown more willingness than ever to roll back public health funding and to weaken protections for all of the GLBTQ Community, but especially for those living with HIV! I would like to see you donate not just to help but to send a message to Washington - that you do not approve of the cuts to public health and HIV funding - particularly in view of the enormous tax breaks for corporations and the top 1%.
This epidemic is not over, although it could be if prevention funds were not being cut and if people living with HIV were getting the help they needed. Sure, people like me, who live with HIV every day, can stay healthy and live a normal life without spreading the virus. But if you are low income, have co-infections, are homeless, have addictions or pyschological ailments, that's not true and the disease can and does spread easily. This is where CAP helps - it provides housing services, connection to care, mental help and addiction assistance and last year it even opened a community clinic called PRISM that is available for everyone and makes sure it provides caring and stigma free appropriate care to those living with HIV as well other members of the community.
I served on the board of CAP for three years and accepted a second term in June because I believe the work is so important.
I'm celebrating my 70th birthday by participating in the AIDS Walk 2018 in Portland AND I am sending a message to the Trump Administration - "Your indifference and hostility to the HIV community is not acceptable."
Won't you please join me by supporting my Walk?
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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