Health Care Is a Basic Right
I first participated in an AIDS Walk in 1996. I was 14 years old. I hadn't yet lost any friends to AIDS-related illness, but I had friends who were HIV-positive, and I had friends whose immune systems were flagging. I took part in AIDS benefits. And every year for four years, I walked and raised money. I volunteered to help steer crowds of people through the AIDS Memorial Quilt as it toured the country.
And I lost a friend, far too young, who lost his sight before he died.
The last time I took part in the AIDS Walk was 2006. It was my first time volunteering in Boston, and I was a course marshal.
Since then, I've meant to do more, but haven't made the time. So now, this year, with so many threats to healthcare and science and truth, I'm committed to making time to raise awareness and money to help fund AIDS research and treatment.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- You can make a donation! Just select or fill in a donation amount to the right and clicking "Donate Now."
- Spread the word! Here's my the direct link to my page. http://info.aac.org/goto/carissa17 Every time you share the link, it helps me reach potential donors, whose generosity helps those living with HIV and AIDS, as you can see below.
HOW YOUR DONATION HELPS THOSE LIVING WITH/AFFECTED BY HIV AND AIDS.
- $10 provides 10 safer sex kits to people at risk
- $30 covers the cost of a client visit with a peer advocate, who provides a link to support services for health and well-being
- $60 covers the cost to provide an HIV test
- $100 sends a speaker to a middle or high school to share important prevention and education information
- $300 provides free legal representation for a client experiencing discrimination due to their HIV status
- $500 stocks the kitchen at our homeless youth drop-in center for an entire month
Thank you for supporting me always, but especially in this challenge. We really can make a difference right here in Boston and Massachusetts!