Michael Emanuel Rajner

AIDS Community mourns the death of longtime AIDS Activist Martin Delaney

Filed By Michael Emanuel Rajner | January 24, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

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Tags: AIDS activism, HIV/AIDS, Martin Delaney, Project inform

Project Inform announces the passingpic_mdelaney_sm.jpg of founder, Martin Delaney

Friday, January 23, 2009

Dear Friends --

It is with profound sadness that Project Inform announces the passing this morning of our Founder, Martin Delaney. He was 63 years old.

Martin Delaney, Founder, Project Inform

When the full history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is written, there can be no doubt that Marty will rank as one of the greatest contributors to ending this great human tragedy. Those of us living with HIV, and all of us who care about people living with HIV, mourn the loss of this great leader, lifesaver and wonderful human being.

Marty's activism is legendary. He was a true David among many Goliaths. He has assured that government, researchers and pharmaceutical companies understand and respond to the needs of HIV-positive people. He heavily influenced the development of the strong arsenal of medications we now have to prolong life for millions of people worldwide.

Personally and through Project Inform, Marty has educated or counseled tens of thousands of HIV-positive individuals and their caregivers about how to treat HIV. A day does not pass in the life of this agency that we do not hear from a person living with HIV or a supporter about a life lengthened or saved as a result of Marty's efforts.

Intellect, activist, diplomat, mentor, friend -- each of us will remember Marty for the great attributes he brought to his lifesaving work. We will miss him terribly.

We will provide information as quickly as we are able about the date of a public event to memorialize Marty. Card can be mailed to Project Inform, 1375 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

About Project Inform

In 1985, a group of concerned community members joined together to start a short-term "project" at a time when reliable information about HIV/AIDS and its treatment was nearly impossible to obtain. Since then Project Inform has worked to accelerate and facilitate advances in treatment, recognizing that therapeutic breakthroughs are only effective if people living with HIV have access to them. The hope this philosophy inspires is the core of Project Inform's integrated approach to treatment education and advocacy.

Today, Project Inform is a national, non-profit, community-based organization that remains true to its activist roots. Fiscal prudence, efficient use of resources, and dedicated staff and volunteers sustain a lean organization that cuts a wide swath with industry, government, researchers and clinicians to improve the lives of people living with HIV disease and their loved ones.

Looking ahead, Project Inform will continue to serve as a trusted ally and a beacon of hope for the tens of thousands of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS who rely on us for information about optimal treatment strategies, advocacy to expand access to treatment and care, and our commitment to move the research agenda forward in the quest for better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

www.projectinform.org


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