Don & Carole’s Story
Our personal education process about HIV/AIDS began in earnest when a close family member was diagnosed with HIV in the late 1990s. Our first reaction was fear; fear of the so-called “death sentence” of HIV/ AIDS. We spent months living from blood test to blood test, hanging hopes on every “T-cell count” and “viral load” report. The journey from then until now is incredibly complicated. Our loved one is alive and strong, but also has survived a bout with lymphoma, not uncommon for HIV patients.
Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP) has mainly given us an outlet for our desire to help, which we have done by sponsoring a number of fund raising events. Our donations are dedicated to two areas: those who need assistance from NAP, as well as education regarding the preven¬tion of HIV/AIDS.
The broadest lesson from our personal experience is that we all need to support the network of health agencies in our communities, because we never know which one will have a direct or immediate impact on our lives.
– Don and Carole