January 23, 2009

January 23, 2009
Heaven Must Have Been Needing a Hero

Friends, it is with very heavy heart I must tell you about the passing of Martin DeLaney.

When the full history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is written, there can be no doubt that Marty will rank as one of the greatest contributors to ending this great human tragedy. Those of us living with HIV, and all of us who care about people living with HIV, mourn the loss of this great leader, lifesaver and wonderful human being.

Marty’s activism is legendary. He was a true David among many Goliaths. He has assured that government, researchers and pharmaceutical companies understand and respond to the needs of HIV positive people. He heavily influenced the development of the strong arsenal of medications we now have to prolong life for millions of people worldwide.

Personally and through Project Inform, Marty has educated or counseled tens of thousands of HIV positive individuals and their caregivers about how to treat HIV. A day does not pass in the life of this agency that we do not hear from a person living with HIV or a supporter about a life lengthened or saved as a result of Marty’s efforts.

Intellect, activist, diplomat, mentor, friend — each of us will remember Marty for the great attributes he brought to his lifesaving work. He will be missed terribly.

Project Inform’s offices will be open today, Friday, January 23 until 7pm and on Saturday, January 24 from 10am to 4pm so that friends can drop by to be in community with one another in response to this great loss. They are located at 1375 Mission Street at 10th Street in San Francisco.

I will provide information as quickly as I am able about the date of a public event to memorialize Marty. Emails of support can be sent to support@projectinform.org and cards can be mailed to Project Inform, 1375 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

On a personal note, if it had not been for Marty and Joe and several other gay men in the 80s; I would not be alive today much less doing the advocacy and activism I do. I am sure my story can be repeated at least a hundred thousand times.

Thank you Marty! And I look forward to the day we meet again.

Wishing all of you an angel in your life like Marty.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab