P Tyrone Smith
Rafael and I write to ask you to support our efforts to raise $5,000 for the National AIDS Memorial as a Virtual Walker for San Francisco AIDS Walk on July 19, 2020. The funds you donate will directly support the Grove, the Quilt, and other significant programs! This year, as the country is in the grips of the Covid-19 pandemic, and even as Rafael and I face our own financial uncertainty, we are committed to raising funds for our favorite national organization.
The National AIDS Memorial Grove and the AIDS Memorial Quilt now share a common mission. The funds we raise will enable them to continue to tell the stories they both hold, ensure the lessons of the AIDS crisis are forever remembered, and provide hope for a brighter tomorrow.
As Covid-19 reshapes our world, the National AIDS Memorial Grove and the AIDS Memorial Quilt face their most significant financial challenge since the early days of the AIDS crisis. Dozens of fundraising events, Quilt displays, volunteer workdays, and other gatherings have been canceled or postponed.
Your support is needed today more than ever! Please help us reach our goal.
The National AIDS Memorial — through the National AIDS Memorial Grove, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, The AIDS Oral History Project, the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, and the annual World AIDS Day National Observance — works to honor those who died and their survivors, those living with HIV, and those who fought and continue to fight against it. The National AIDS Memorial is doing the work required to ensure that the lessons of AIDS and the AIDS movement are known in perpetuity so that never again will our national conscience allow a community to be devastated because of fear, silence, discrimination, or stigma.
As a long-term AIDS survivor of more than 33 years, the National AIDS Memorial Grove and the AIDS Memorial Quilt both provide me hope, healing, and remembrance — they amplify my faith that we will learn from the past to bring about social justice and a more compassionate world.
The National AIDS Memorial receives no government funding, so San Francisco AIDS Walk provides some of the financial support necessary so that it will continue to serve our community and the nation.
Your gift can help ensure it lives on in perpetuity — support our AIDS Walk goal today!
We thank you for your support — together we will overcome the challenges that shape the future of our world.
P Tyrone Smith-Cunha and Rafael Cunha-Smith