Michael Emanuel Rajner

Elaine Henderson: ADAP Stories from the Hill

Filed By Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 13, 2010 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: ADAP, AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, HIV/AIDS

On the last day of our visits with Congressional offices, I had just turned a corner while on my way to visit with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's staff person, when a bright angel crossed my path, embracing her Dab the AIDS Bear.dab the aids bear.jpg

Elaine Henderson was also finishing up an exhausting day of walking the Congressional hallways, while holding out on the hope to bring good news back to Ohio.

Elaine works for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland putting together programs for other individuals diagnosed with the HIV-virus.

After she was diagnosed, was told she could live a healthy life. Now she may not be eligible for those lifesustaining medications.

Her video is after the jump.

"We need people to advocate the lives we are talking about."

In the AIDS community, it has been often said that despite the wonderful diversity of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, we are all united by a common threat of a virus occupying our bodies.

While being infected with HIV/AIDS should never be considered a gift, the virus has often allowed us as fallible humans to look beyond the physical attributes our creator made.

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