I still remember the first time I watched, “And the Band Played On” and how incredibly angry my tears were. Then I read the book, and got even more upset. During my LA days, I got to turn that anger into help, volunteering with Project Angel Food at the kitchen and at their events. And, while I’m happy to see the progress being made against the disease across the world, it’s still such a horrifying reality to know that people are ignorant of this evil disease’s power.
So instead of getting angry and sad, I think of the humanity that is trying to solve this problem at every turn. The doctors, humanitarians, researchers, politicians, and everyday people fighting each and every day. And I only pray that AIDS was a scary part of my childhood, and that tomorrow’s children will not have that word in their vocabulary.