April 12, 2010

April 12, 2010
Hawaii Bound

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and the start of another week. We are having another cloudy and rainy day here in South Florida.

All night there was lightning and thunder with torrential downpours. Luckily they seem to have a really good drainage system here in Wilton Manors. I heard it was added after the hurricane hit Fort Lauderdale a few years ago. So hopefully we will never have to worry about any flooding.

We have a new Ambassador of Hope from Hawaii named Carrie Moore. So I mailed a Dab the AIDS Bear to her today for the event this coming weekend. She is involved with the AIDS Walk Honolulu and will be taking pictures at the event next weekend.

Here is some information on the event and the organization the funds will benefit. So Dab the AIDS Bear and I hope you will make a donation at: http://honoluluaidswalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=325939

You Can Be The Difference In The Fight Against AIDS! Register now for the 2009 Honolulu AIDS Walk, to be held on Sunday, April 19, 2009!

Help us reach our goal of 4,000 walkers and $250,000 to support Life Foundation, a local non-profit organization working to fight AIDS in Hawaii and the Pacific.

Questions? Call 808-521-2437 ext. 250 or email kandice@lifefoundation.org for more information.

Life Foundation was established in 1983 as the first response to AIDS in Hawaii and the Pacific. Twenty five years later, it remains the largest provider of HIV related care and prevention services in the islands, serving the Island of Oahu, the location of Honolulu and three quarters of the state’s people.

Currently, about 60% of all HIV positive men, women and children receiving case management assistance in Hawaii are helped by the Life Foundation’s client services program. The over 700 current clients are representative of just about every racial and ethnic group in the nation’s most diverse state.

In addition to the level of case management required by their individual situations, Life Foundation clients also benefit from a meals program; emergency groceries; “hands on” services of volunteer masseurs, hair cutters and acupuncturists; and financial assistance to help with housing, utilities and health related costs. In recent years, a substantial portion of these assistance funds (more than $250,000) has been used to pay for critical dental care.

The Life Foundation also provides an HIV clinical nurse and a treatment advocate to help its clients understand and manage the many challenging side effects of the highly toxic but lifesaving AIDS medications.

Life Foundation’s HIV prevention program is entirely peer to peer based and works exclusively on an outreach basis to the people who are most at risk for HIV infection. These include young gay men (especially Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), transgendered people and women who are involved in the sex industry or in abusive relationships with IV drug using men.

Life Foundation was begun to alert people in Hawaii that the AIDS epidemic was coming here. It fought against the early ignorance and outright hatred that surrounded the disease and, as more people became infected, it helped people live as comfortably as possible and die with peace and dignity.

Now, with the advent of new drugs, Life Foundation has dedicated itself to help people live comfortably and healthfully with HIV and AIDS, help HIV positive people retake control of their lives and, ultimately help them celebrate their survival when AIDS is finally banished from these beautiful islands.

If you have any questions about the Life Foundation, please contact Events Manager Kandice Johns at (808) 521-2437, Ext. 250. Her email address is kandice@lifefoundation.org.

Help make a difference and join Dab the AIDS Bear in helping people with HIV and AIDS in Hawaii!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab