We're in that time of year in North Florida when every day can bring drastic changes in the weather. For the last couple of weeks, we have alternated between nice comfortable weather and storming storms. Now I'm not complaining about the rain... we had been in a drought in Duval County. But along with parts of the rest of the U.S., we have had more than enough in the past couple of week between weather fronts, tropical storms and hurricane remnants.
Met with Beth of Northeast Florida AIDS Nstwork concerning Dining Out For Life which is a spring fund raiser where restaurants donate a certain percentage of one day's receipts for our local AIDS Service Organizations. This event happens in several cities throughout America. This project will be working with NFAN to make the evening a success.
I also needed to turn in my monthly insurance premium bill to Beth for AICP (AIDS Insurance Continuation Program). There have been many times due to the cost of my health that I would not be able to afford to keep my medical insurance if it wasn't for AICP. This is just another example of how Ryan White and ADAP benefits along with NFAN help provide life saving services for people with HIV and AIDS.
That's the good news... the bad news... ALL AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND CHARITIES IN DUVAL COUNTY ARE OUT OF HOPWA (HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH AIDS) FUNDS FOR THE REST OF 2007...
THAT'S RIGHT... THE REST OF 2007.
It will be next year until more funds are available. That means the ENTIRE HIV POPULATION OF DUVAL COUNTY CANNOT RECEIVE HOPWA FUNDS FOR A MINIMUM OF 3 MONTHS.
They must make it through 1/4 of the year and through the holiday season without that assistance. It makes what we are doing with the project for the children of Shand's Hospital Rainbow Clinic even more special to me.
Without our help and the help of Holiday Helpers, the children affecting and effecting by chronic and terminal illnesses would probably not receive a holiday party or holiday gifts. All of these wonderful kids come from financially challenged families requiring government assistance for health care.
It is our hope to have a minimum of one teddy bear for each child at the holiday party given at Shand's Hospital for the children. Won't you please help us by donating your new or slightly used Teddy Bear. Our event is called the Jacksonville Great Teddy Bear Touchdown. See the section on this website for donation information.