July 7, 2011

July 7, 2011

ADAP Summit in Washington, DC

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and the last day of the ADAP Summit in Washington, DC. I hope you have been having a safe and great week.

I will apologize since I have missed doing a blog for a couple of days. Dab the AIDS Bear and I have been so busy at the ADAP Summit in Washington, DC that I have not had the time or energy to do a blog by the time we are finished at the end of the day.

It has been a fantastic four days here at the Summit. There have been fantastic speakers and breakout sessions dealing with the ADAP crisis in the United States. It has also been great seeing old friends, meeting other activists we have met online and making new friends who are attending the summit.

We have also been very busy doing our Dab the AIDS Bear table, taking pictures at the Summit and doing personal appearances and speeches. We would like to thank everyone for showing Dab the AIDS Bear and I so much love and hospitality.

I would also like to takes this opportunity to thank Brandon and Amanda of ADAP Advocacy Association for throwing another fantastic summit. Not only do you both make everyone feel welcomed at the event, I know you both work your rear ends off helping our community all year long. All your hard work is greatly appreciated.

At the award dinner last evening, Dab the AIDS Bear and I were awarded the ADAP Champion of the Year award. The standing ovation and cheers overwhelmed me. It was all I could do to keep back the tears to give my acceptance speech. Then to receive another standing ovation at the end of the speech touched me so deeply. While we never expect praise or an honor such as this award for our work, we are honored to have even been considered.

Today we have meetings scheduled with Senator Nelson and Senator Rubio to talk about the ADAP Crisis in the United States and are hopeful we can work together toward a solution where Americans with HIV and AIDS are not endangered of not receiving life saving anti-HIV medications. So please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. People with HIV and AIDS are counting on us. We currently have almost 9,000 men and women on ADAP waiting lists in 13 states.

We are heading back to south Florida for a day or two before our next adventure. I hope to have the slide show and pictures posted in the next few days.

Hope you have a great Friday! Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab