Jun 5, 2011

AIDS TURNS 30 TODAY: Remembering my dear friends lost to AIDS

AIDS — the most destructive epidemic in recorded history — turns 30 today
¨On this day, June 5, in 1981, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta published a report of five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among previously healthy young men in Los Angeles. All of the men were described as “homosexuals”

“We pause to mark the thirty years we have been fighting HIV/AIDS.” said President Barack Obama, in a statement on Friday. “As we remember people in our own lives we have lost and stand by those living with HIV/AIDS, we must also rededicate ourselves to finally ending this pandemic — in this country and around the world.” HERE

Today, just like most every day, year after year for decades, I fondly remember my beloved friends and loved ones lost to AIDS...they were dear friends who added unmeasureable amounts of knowledge, joy, happiness, adventure and sharing of themselves to my life and in the lives of many around them.  Each of these generous men, and they all were kind and loving men, were filled with the positive force and innermost healthy energy that true and lasting friendships are often made of...each vital and vulnerable in every way as they lived their lives authentically each day...I feel them all around me today and I can still see and feel those smiling beings who added/add so much to my life, thank you God for these friendships: 

·  Richard Tanner Boyer
·  Albert John Breen
·  Phillip Stout
·  Bob Mazzochi
·  Roberto Sandoval
·  Jerry Timmons
·  Jorge Cordova
·  Bob Huth
·  Dan Sharp

May Richard, Al, Phil, Bob M, Roberto, Jerry, Bob H, Dan and Jorge rest in peace and rise in glory 
Lord hear my prayer

5 comments:

Wormwood's Doxy said...

May light perpetual shine upon them...and may their memories bring you both comfort and pleasure...

JCF said...

Jim Hamblin, Presente!

Caminante said...

Bill Boyd
Frank Kennedy
Patricia
Denny
Howard Galley
Arthur Ashe
Stewart McKinney

just off the top of my head and I know there are so many more....

Wormwood's Doxy said...

Nath99--*nothing* "cures" people of HIV, and no responsible person claims that. But the rest of your comment about ARVs is utter nonsense and shows a dreadful ignorance of even the most basic science about HIV.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Thanks Doxy but I´ve decided to delete Nath99--I can´t risk having him use the anniversary of the AIDS deadly illness to peddle bogus opinions and snake oil (with a link)...I appreciate your follow up on this. Abrazos fuerte to you and yours,
Leonardo