July 5, 2010

July 5, 2010
Dab the AIDS Bear Goes to Washington DC

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you are having a safe and great start to your week after the July 4th weekend.

It is a very busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me. We had to be up at 3am to get ready for our flight to Washington, DC. We are attending the ADAP Crisis Summit this week which is being held at the Westin Hotel. Neither the bear or I are crazy about being up at that time of the morning. But since we wanted to spend July the 4th in south Florida, it was the only flight we could catch and get to the conference on time.

The Westin in a beautiful hotel conveniently located in Washington, DC and the staff are very friendly and helpful. After catching a cab for the short ride from Regan Airport, we had a little time to rest up before the start of the conference at noon. We both wanted to look our best for the start of the conference since many of our friends and colleagues are attending. This is the first time we have gotten to see several of our friends this year like Butch, Kathy, Brandon, Robert, Randy, Jessie and Ken. So we are going to have a great time this week.

I will be covering the conference as much as I can. Luckily, I have my computer with me so I will do updates as I have time. There are many great presentations planned and I look forward to attending several of them. Maybe I can figure out some new ways to advocate for more funding for ADAP.

Now anyone who reads my blogs knows how I feel about people with HIV and AIDS not having access to life saving HIV medications. But it is even worse when it is the citizens of my own country. We now have the largest ADAP waiting list we have ever had in our country. As of July 1, 2010; there are currently 2,090 total individuals in 11 states: Florida: 523 individuals; Hawaii 10 individuals; Idaho 26 individuals; Iowa: 97 individuals; Kentucky: 198 individuals; Louisiana: 112 individuals; Montana: 20 individuals; North Carolina 783 individuals; South Carolina 187 individuals; South Dakota: 22 individuals and Utah: 112 individuals according to the latest Kaiser Foundation Reports. So anything Dab the AIDS Bear and I can learn or do to help make a difference is very important to us.

Will write more as we have time. Drop us a line and let us know how your July 4th weekend went. Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab