BENEFITING: Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
EVENT: World AIDS Day Detroit
EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2011
We must not forget. Too many have died. Too many still suffer. We can do better and we will do better.
Since 1981 60 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and 25 million have died. In the past 30 years we’ve come a long way. We have treatments that keep people alive far longer that many thought possible. In spite of the progress that has spared so many lives, we still have a long way to go.
This year, in 2011, we know how to prevent transmission of the HIV virus, yet new HIV infections are widespread. We can prevent AIDS-related illness with medications, yet people are still dying from these illnesses. We live in a world knowledgeable about HIV, yet discrimination still haunts us.
As Elton John has said, “It took a child.” It took a child for this world to realize that the HIV virus can infect anyone. This child, Ryan White, would have turned 40 years old this year. Ryan became a national spokesperson for HIV/AIDS after he was expelled from middle school because of his HIV infection, an infection acquired from contaminated blood products used to treat his hemophilia. Ryan was befriended by Elton John and Michael Jackson as he battled to change the public perception of AIDS, calling for others to get educated and treat everyone with HIV/AIDS with compassion, regardless of how they acquired the virus.
Michael Jackson promised Ryan that he could be in his next music video, but Ryan succumbed to his illness before this could happen. Perhaps ironically, Michael Jackson wrote and recorded “Gone Too Soon” in honor of his friend Ryan.
Sadly, even in 2011, AIDS claims the lives of over 2 million people each year that are “Gone Too Soon.”
We can do better. We will do better. We have a plan.
On December 1st the World will stand together, with one voice, to commemorate World AIDS Day. The theme this year until 2015 is “Getting to Zero.”
ZERO new infections
ZERO AIDS-related deaths
Join us this World AIDS Day with special guest Jeanne White-Ginder for a special day of reflection, together with education and awareness. Ryan would have celebrated his 40th birthday on 12/06/11, just five days after we commemorate World AIDS Day. Join us on World AIDS Day and show Ryan’s mom that we still haven’t forgotten his remarkable story. Stand with us on World AIDS Day to show the world that we still care. Together we will make the world a better place for all those affected by HIV/AIDS.
This year World AIDS Day Detroit will begin with a Mayors Breakfast for Detroit area mayors with keynote speaker, Jeanne-White Ginder.
As we reflect on AIDS this 30thyear, we will host a special screening of the documentary “Bad Blood” with special guests Dr. Dana Kuhn, Dr. Glenn Pierce and Eric Weinberg.
World AIDS Day Detroit will conclude with an evening event at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit. The event will include keynote by Jeanne White-Ginder, special video presentation, musical performances and candlelight vigil.
We come together this World AIDS Day to make our pledge to “Get to Zero.” We can do it. It starts with each one of us. Make a donation to World AIDS Day Detroit. Select your AIDS charity of choice, or designate World AIDS Day Detroit and we’ll give the money to one of our many partners.
Join us on 12/01/11 and help us “Get to Zero.”