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Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Dear Friend,

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Me as a toddler.
Take Action to Improve
HIV/AIDS Services!

I’m a survivor.

When I was only 2 years old, I beat a rare form of cancer.

It took two surgeries, three blood transfusions, chemotherapy, and a lot of strength and courage. But somehow, I did it.

Ten years later, I was diagnosed with HIV – contracted from one of those blood transfusions.

Still, I consider myself lucky. I’ve been fighting HIV for 30 years, and I’m happy, healthy, and alive today because of the medications I take.

June 5th also marks 30 years since the very first AIDS diagnosis. And while I’m living proof that much progress has been made, there are still far too many children and young adults struggling with HIV.

And they need our help.

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With my wife Kasiah
at a Foundation event in 2010.

Urge Congress to make children and families living with HIV/AIDS a priority.

Every day more than 1,000 children are still infected with HIV – contracted from their mothers during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding.

The tragedy: all of these infections are completely preventable. But not enough children and women worldwide have access to the medicines that could help eliminate pediatric AIDS and keep moms healthy.

Help us change that. Please contact Congress today and urge them to help measure progress and improve HIV/AIDS programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Children and women living with HIV and AIDS around the world deserve the same chance at a healthy life that I had. By working together, we can help them to not only survive, but thrive.

 

Thanks for your support,

Ben Banks
Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

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