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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Light a candle

As you know I work in Clinical Research, mainly HIV.


Tomorrow is the world AIDS day and BristolMyersSquibb is asking as many people as possible to light a candle. For every candle lit BMS will donate one dollar, so click https://www.lighttounite.org/ and light a candle then pass the link on. It does not cost you anything and will only take a minute to do. You can also leave your story for people to read. You do not have to be HIV+ to write. Below is my story which I submitted.

While I am HIV negative my life itself has been largely affected by the disease itself. When I was 9 years old my mother, a OBGYN, founded the AIDS foundation in my hometown in Germany. She saw the dangers of the disease and was amongst the first to speak out (in the late 80's) being a single mom she took me to work with her often. I met many friends that way and lost many to AIDS as well. I worked in the foundation until I left to move to america, here I work in clinical research mainly in HIV studies. I have been working with the disease for 20 years and am sad everytime I see someone newely infected. People need to realize everyone can contract it if they are not safe and you can not tell by looking at people that they have it!

Be aware, be educated and be safe.

18 comments:

Justmee said...

G'morning Katy! What a wonderful post. Your words touched me. I was going to post something else today, but if you don't mind,I would like to link this post on my blog. Good luck on your trip, and I hope everything turns out okay with your sister. :)

Justmee said...

Me again. lol I tried clicking on the "link" to light a candle and it doesn't seem to work.. Maybe it's on my end?

Dino aka Katy said...

Justme - please link it. I hope many others do too.

I just posted the actual link to see if that works

Dan said...

Katy, you're a sweetheart. And your mom sounds like an amazing woman.

(I have some ideas, in regards to what you said on my blog about comments. If you'd like, e-mail me. My e-mail address is in my profile -- I didn't see your e-mail anywhere here so I couldn't e-mail you directly.)

Polyman3 said...

It sounds like a good cause to get involved in. Bless you and your Mom.

Dino aka Katy said...

dan - thanks so much. I emailed you

Poly welcome haven't seen you in a while. Hope you had a nice turkey day.

Real said...

Done and done.

Dino aka Katy said...

Real - thanks very effecient

The Phosgene Kid said...

Great post. AIDS theatens us all in one way or another.

Dino aka Katy said...

Phos - thanks and your are right it does affect everyone

jin said...

Lit my candle!
Great post Katy!

*Am still bummed you aren't visiting...:-(...lol*

Dino aka Katy said...

Jin - thanks so much. Well I am sure there will be one meeting next year. I usually manage to come up once a year :)

Steven Novak said...

Good blog. Nice to see someone using blogging for something good...

Lord knows I'm not going to. ;)

Steve~

Justmee said...

Psst Katy, what was Dan's advice on getting more comments?(I'm nosey) If it has anything to do with becoming a monk, I'm so out!

Dino aka Katy said...

Justmee - well I knew and used to do what he said. All it is, is to visit other blogs, read them and leave comments. 2 out of 3 will go and check you out and leave comments for you.

Dino aka Katy said...

Steven - Well I try usuallly I just use it to bitch and complain but every so often I'll post something usefull

Justmee said...

2 out of 3 eh? Well the odds are good. lol hope you're having a good day!

Dino aka Katy said...

justmee - as you can see on todays post its not been good. But oh well. Yeah the odds are good.