Dear Friends, Family, and Friendly Acquaintances,
I participate in AIDS Walk San Francisco every year as a team leader for the National AIDS Memorial. My fundraising efforts are dedicated to my late partner, Sergio Anguiano, who died from AIDS in 1993 just before his 22nd birthday. He is the most courageous person I've ever known.
The National AIDS Memorial is committed to providing, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS—and those who fought for justice, provided care, and made discoveries—will never be forgotten. It serves to ensure that lessons from the AIDS crisis (within the context of social justice and human rights) be known by current and future generations—so that never again will our national conscience allow a community to be devastated because of fear, silence, discrimination, or stigma.
Social justice for marginalized people. This is my passion.
For the past three years, ours has been the top fundraising team. 80% of what we raise benefits programs of the National AIDS Memorial. 20% benefits other HIV/AIDS organizations providing prevention programs and direct services. We receive no government funding — this provides the financial support necessary to continue serving our community and nation.
I hope you will consider helping me reach my fundraising goal of $5,000 if you are able.
With love & gratitude,