November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008
I'm Ready for My Closeup Mr. DeMille

Welcome to another day in my life. I want to thank all of you for your great emails. I always like getting opposing opinions along with the fan mail. (grin)

Like most of us, this is the busy time of year for me. We have started our teddy bear donation drive for our Teddy Bear Touchdown for children with HIV and AIDS. We have already received about 150 teddy bears in the first two weeks of the drive. Deadline for donations is November 30, 2008 so get your teddy bear in soon.

Today, I had a photo shoot with a photographer from POZ magazine to go with the article they are writing about my work in HIV/AIDS and with AARP and Divided We Fail. Jensen, the photographer, was on time and great to work with during the shoot. He gave great direction to get the shots he was looking for and made it an enjoyable experience. We did some of the shots outside which was very bone chilling since I am wearing our red Divided We Fail t-shirts and it was 50 degrees and windy outside. I can not wait to see what the final picture choice ends up being. Stay tuned since I am hoping Jensen will mail me a copy.

My friend, Alice, dropped off a SUV full of teddy bears this evening from the women of the ROSE. So here is a big shout out to my women. Thanks for all you do to help in our community. We need many more just like all of you.

I had a message from my contact at AIDS Task Force Indiana about their ADAP waiting list and funding problems in their state. So I will be calling her back tomorrow. I need to call my contact in Montana and check about the people on their ADAP waiting list also.

I also spoke with Butch McKay today which is always a great time when we can finally get each other on the phone. We tend to play phone tag a lot. Now that we have exchanged cell phone numbers, it will make it easier to catch up with each other. Butch does a fantastic job running OASIS in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and a HIV/AIDS convention called Positive Living which is held each March. He also serves on many committees involving HIV/AIDS health care and research.

Butch and I were discussing the new President Elect and the future of domestic HIV/AIDS health care and funding. There may have been just a little gossiping thrown in for good measure. I am hopeful after hearing Obama make statements about increasing the much needed funds for Ryan White Care Act and ADAP programs. No American should ever have to die because they can not afford life saving anti-HIV medications. But anyone who reads my blog knows my stand on that issue.

Hope you are having a great week so far. Remember to keep reaching for the stars.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab