Each year I do my walk in memory of my late partner, Jon Hoffer, who we lost to AIDS on May 4, 1996. This spring, I observed the 20th Observance of Jon's passing with a few quiet moments. Were he here today, I know that Jon would be walking with us as we take these critical steps in memory of those we have lost and in the hope for a better tomorrow.
In the 21 years since Jon's passing, HIV has evolved. Indivuals living with the disease are living quality filled lives. Medical regimens help prevent the further transmission of the disease. BUT the fight is not over. There are still critical prevention, treatment, and support services that remain essential. That is why this Walk is so important. Having sat on a local planning HIV planning body from 1992 through 1996, Jon would understand this need. Please support our work. The HIV Care and Prevention work that LAAN does remains critical. Your donated dollars come directly to LAAN to provide services in this community. Thank you.