August 20, 2009

August 20, 2009
Bruce Flannery, Activist
on HIV and Other Issues, Dies at 54

Thanks for joining me for another day in my life. Today is Thursday and we have almost made it through another work week. I hope you are having a safe and great one so far.

I started out my morning with my usual protein shake and an ab and leg workout. I am now doing 3 sets of each exercise with 4 exercises per muscle group. I am finally seeing the results I like from my workouts. While my strength has not increased as much as I would like, my definition has definitely increased and size has almost as much. So I am quite pleased which helps motivate on the days I really do not feel like working out.

Then Heather and I went to look at the church where we are having the Jacksonville Teddy Bear Touchdown this year. The church is beautiful and their social room looked like it would be just the right size. Luckily, they already have a small stage, podium and piano. Both of the ladies helping us were very sweet and helpful. Another good point is their location is only ten minutes from our office which will make getting the present over there a lot easier than last year. So I think it will turn out to be a good match for our event and their church.

I did get some bad news today. I found out an old friend had passed away. Bruce Flannery, an activist who lobbied for legislation and policies to help those living with HIV, died Friday, August 14, due to complications from open-heart surgery, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. He was 54 years old.

As a founding member and president of the Pennsylvania Coalition of AIDS Service Organizations, Flannery successfully convinced state officials to allocate $20 million in state funding for HIV treatment, increasing the number of medications offered to low-income HIV-positive people through the state Department of Public Welfare. Thanks to Flannery’s work, Pennsylvania became the first state in the country to add new medications to its list of available drugs.

Flannery was often sought for his expertise. He served as technical advisor on the 1993 Oscar winning film Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks, and Flannery helped develop and produce HIV related segments for CBS News, NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, the Today show and CBS Sunday Morning.

Most recently, he was the director of fund development and marketing for the Maternity Care Coalition in Philadelphia. He was another great activist who helped so many people with HIV and AIDS and will be missed by all.

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab