Thanks to everyone who supported me and donated money for AIDS Walk San Francisco 2004. I was able to beat my fundraising goal by raising $400, and the Stanford team, as small as disorganized as we were, was able to raise about $2000 total. For the overall walk, 21,000 walkers helped raise over three million dollars! It’s always great to see so many people of every race, creed, and color come together and remind us that we should not grow complacent. And I thank all those who donated– it’s great to know that I have friends and co-workers who support me and this important cause!
Lance Armstrong takes the lead in the Tour De France. This makes me feel better about the Live Strong program. It wouldn’t get nearly as much attention as it should if Armstrong wasn’t wearing the yellow jersey.
Get your LIVESTRONG wristband and other products here. (Or in participating stores: Macy’s, Nordstrom, Foot Locker, Finish Line, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and all Nike Town stores.)
My mom and my aunt are both breast cancer survivors!
An interesting anti-AIDS campaign (in French). My heart aches when I see pictures like this. And it has nothing to do with the fact that they’re superheroes.
I donated blood today– I’m a universal donor. They call me up all the time because of shortages. I hope the bruise on my arm doesn’t get too big. Seriously people, look how small my arm is. You have to be careful with that big needle.
Every time I donate blood, I think about how far we’ve come in terms of all different kinds of technology, but we still rely on the general goodwill of people to provide life-saving blood. Amazing! And in this day and age, I’m sure finding healthy donors is only getting harder. Consider how many people get nervous around needles or simply don’t want to give up their time and energy in the first place. And then current regulations keep a lot of people from donating even if they want to– like if you’ve ever even seen Africa on a map or heard of a man having sex with another man, you’re SOL. Frankly, I think many of those regulations are a little over the top, but even with those restrictions, we still manage to provide life-saving blood products to over four million Americans each year. Amazing!
And as far as I can tell, there’s no all-encompassing organization that manages the nation’s blood supply. Yes, the blood supply is certainly highly regulated at various levels, but there’s no end-all be-all national blood center. Just community blood centers that are networked together through a few large national blood suppliers. We rely on the work of good people all around the country. And the US blood supply is one of the safest in the world. Incredible!
Save a life. Give blood. Find a blood center near you: America’s Blood Centers.
It’s that time of year again– time to solicit my friends and co-workers for their hard earned cash to sponsor me for AIDS Walk San Francisco.
AIDS Walk SF helps raise money to support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and many other San Francisco Bay Area AIDS service organizations. Founded in 1982 and one of the oldest AIDS service organizations in the country, SFAF works not just to educate, but to provide comprehensive services for those living with HIV/AIDS and to aggressively pursue public policy that will address the growing epidemic at both the federal and state levels. Last year, AIDS Walk SF raised over three million dollars to support SFAF and 36 other organizations.
With new drug cocktail treatments, AIDS may feel like it has become a “manageable” disease, but in 2003, the rate of HIV infection in the United States actually went up and of an estimated 900,000 people living with HIV in the US, one-third of them do not even know they are infected. And yet, we grow complacent.
And when we look at the picture worldwide, the picture is even bleaker. Ninety-five percent of people who are infected with HIV live in developing companies where antiretroviral therapy is not as accessible. Approximately half of the people who become infected with HIV are infected before they turn 25 and will die before they turn 35. By the end of 2001, AIDS had left behind a cumulative total of 14 million orphans. And yet, we grow complacent.
Last year, my friends and co-workers helped me raise over $600 in donations. Please join me again this year to help change the course of the epidemic. Walk. Donate. Spread the word. After over twenty years since the first cases of the disease among gay men in California and New York, so many of us have been affected by the disease in one way or another. How many of us know at least one person who is living with HIV/AIDS? How many of us have lost a loved one to this epidemic? Who do you walk for?
If you’re a Stanford community member (faculty, staff, students, and alumni):
Instead of accepting gifts this season, I thought I would encourage people to use that money to give to charity– specifically, organizations related to HIV/AIDS. Yes, yes, I hardly expected that everyone or anyone was going to get me a present in the first place, but it’s just a starting point. Anybody and everybody should give! For more information, visit:
Holiday Giving 2003
If this is successful (hopefully), I’ll pick a new “cause” (I hate calling it that) every year.