Thank you for taking the time to visit my page!!
Some of you already know why The AIDS Walk is very personal to me. To those who have not, let me make a very long story short. Over 7 years ago, I fell into the devilish snare of crystal meth to the point I was injecting it. For 2.5 years, I fell into a downward spiral as it controlled every aspect of my life. Nearly 5 years ago, I hit my own personal rock bottom. I lost everything, and to top it off, I was diagnosed with HIV.
I have never been so more alone, ashamed, and needing a hand.
Equitas Health Center was that hand in a time that was very dark. The day I was diagnosed will never be forgotten. It was one of the worst day of my life. Even though I will never forget this feeling, I will never forget the hope I was given leaving Equitas. I walked out with resources to jump start my life and a plan to start medications.
That same day, I was given a second chance to redirect my purpose to life!
And in a community where the stigma on HIV and drug addiction is devastating and isolating to an individual, I found a second chance to live life.
I walk for everyone who needs this second chance!
Out of the ashes, the phoenix rose!
I hope I can count on your generosity and support this year!!
Do you know what U=U means? It means we now have the ability—through HIV testing and treatment—to stop HIV in its tracks. Because with routine treatment, people living with HIV can reduce the amount of HIV in their blood until it is undetectable and cannot be transmitted to sexual partners. Undetectable=Untransmittable.
I've recently accepted the challenge to participate in the 2019 Dr. Robert J. Fass Memorial AIDS Walk Ohio on April 13, the largest HIV/AIDS fundraising event in the state and I am writing to ask if you would consider making a tax-deductible contribution in support of my AIDS Walk Ohio fundraising goal.
Together our contributions will support Equitas Health’s critical medical, dental, counseling, and support services to those living with HIV, and render the virus untransmittable across our state.
Here’s why your donation—whatever amount you can give—matters to me:
- Nearly 1 in 4 Ohioans don't know their HIV status.
- Knowing makes a difference. Current HIV treatment—sometimes as simple as one pill, once a day—can stop HIV from harming a person’s immune system and make the virus untransmittable to sexual partners.
- This year Equitas Health will reach 67,000 Ohioans with HIV testing, prevention, and education services.
- Equitas Health testing counselors and linkage to care coordinators are specially trained to help people newly-diagnosed with HIV transition to regular treatment.
- Close to 90% of people living with HIV who recieve treatment or case management services at Equitas Health have achieved “undetectable” status, compared with only 47% nationwide.
- I want to be part of the era that stops HIV by ending the stigma and making shame-free testing and treatment accessible to all.
Let’s be part of this game-changing era together.
Your contribution to AIDS Walk Ohio would mean a lot to me and to those living with HIV in Ohio. You can click on the link on my page to pledge your donation online or use my information below to send a check made out to Equitas Health.
Equitas Health thanks you for your commitment to stop HIV in its tracks.
I thank you for helping me support a cause that matters so much to me. Your support helps me believe we will actually do it—we will outlive this deadly virus.