From my family and me, thank you for your commitment and continued support. It is because of individuals like you that the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Foundation has grown to where we are today, and I would like to take an upcoming opportunity to tell you about your impact Today we are saving the lives of children and their mothers around the world and will continue to make tremendous impacts in countries like Lesotho.
Along with her two best friends, my mother, Elizabeth Glaser, created the Foundation to try to save the lives of her children – my sister, Ariel, and me. This year, the Foundation and the world marked the 30th anniversary of the first HIV diagnosis. While my mother and my sister didn’t live to see the progress that has been made - it has been through generous gifts from individual donors like you that made possible the pediatric AIDS research, prevention, and treatment that enabled me and thousands of other children to survive and thrive.
Here are the facts. Today, medical breakthroughs have made it possible to prevent the transfer of HIV from mothers to children. In the United States and Western Europe, there are virtually no babies born with HIV.
Still, the crisis remains... primarily in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, 360,000 babies were born with HIV and almost half of these children died by the age of two. We have the science and the medicine to prevent pediatric HIV/AIDS. The time for action is now.
This past June, UNAIDS set an ambitious global plan to end all new pediatric HIV infections by 2015. The UN estimates that $500 million is being spent now and an additional $2.5 billion is needed. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chevron Corporation and Johnson & Johnson and many other leaders have stepped up with increased support. The Foundation has committed to partnering with these global organizations and local governments to achieve this extraordinary goal.
We hope to inspire our donors to become engaged in this vision and to join with us to end pediatric AIDS worldwide. We want to make you an insider and give you more background about the global movement towards ending pediatric AIDS.
I am so impressed with the Foundation’s exceptional leadership, and I am eager for you to meet them. Dr. Nick Hellmann, the Foundation’s Executive Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs will be hosting a 30-minute conference call briefing on Friday October 21st to give an update on his recent trip to Africa and the breakthrough medical research that was presented at the 6th annual International AIDS Society Conference this past July in Rome. I hope you will join me on this conference call, as Nick is one of the most passionate scientists I have ever met.
I hope that you will RSVP today to AZ Tice at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the conference call information and password. I look forward to joining the conference call with you.
With much appreciation,