December 28, 2010

December 28, 2010
ADAP Funds Running Out

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are working on a new campaign so we are very busy this week.

If you have not heard yet, Florida runs out of ADAP funding on January 1, 2011. Now being a long term survivor of HIV and AIDS, I can not tell you how much this upsets me. It was bad enough losing all the friends I did before we had life saving HIV medications. But now because of a lack of funding, people with HIV and AIDS in Florida needing help getting their medications through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program are being placed in harms way.

So we are starting a new campaign where people on ADAP film their story about the importance of the program. We got the idea from a recent commercial filmed by AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundtion) starring a friend of ours from Jacksonville named Steven Underhill. The commercial aired yesterday during the Oprah Show and will also be featured on other major stations.

You can view the commercial below:

I would like to thank Steven personally for having the courage to film his story and share it nationally in order to help others needing help from the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. We need more people like Steven to step up and tell their story.

So if you are interested in sharing your story, please contact me at The stories will be used in online media campaigns like Facebook, MySpace and several other sites. We are also hoping the news channels will pick up the stories. As I go to Washington, DC and meet with our elected officials; I will also be using the stories to show the importance of emergency funding for ADAP.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. And regardless of your HIV status, Dab the AIDS Bear and I need all of you to contact your elected officials in Washington, DC and ask for more funding for the ADAP program. An American life is a terrible thing to waste and we need everyone to help prevent this tragedy from happening.

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab