I'm doing AIDS Walk Austin for the 26th time on October 20. Twenty-six years. How can it have been that long?? Back in the old days, I used to shyly ask for donations. Now that I know so many who are affected, I walk up to total strangers & ask -- I'm not asking for something for myself, but for funding that keeps friends of mine getting the meds they need. Anyway, here I am again, asking for money for the Walk. Below the squiggly thing are the ways it helps, but first, here's my AIDS Walk Austin page. Please donate if you can.
$35 covers one rapid HIV rest - we know that 40% of HIV+ people don't know it yet. Through testing, we can get them into life saving care, and further reduce the spread of the virus.
$60 pays for a one month supply of medical prescriptions. Medications can reduce the virus so much that it keeps someone healthy and also reduces the risk of passing it along. And did you know that only 1/3 of all HIV-infected people get anti-retroviral therapy?? I think we can do better than that, so here's my AIDS Walk Austin page
$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.
Please give if you can - one more time, here's my AIDS Walk Austin page
The guys at AIDS Services of Austin are helping us make videos this year. Here's mine, where I tell why I walk: .
And since I've used City Of Blinding Lights for the last 2 diaries in a row, here instead is Beautiful Day, because it'll be a beautiful day when AIDS agencies get all the funding they need: