Thank you for your generous gift to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. We are grateful for your support.
Elizabeth Glaser’s story began as one mother fighting for the life of her children after acquiring HIV through a blood transfusion and unknowingly passing on the virus to her daughter, Ariel, and to her son, Jake. She along, with her friends, created the Foundation in 1988 so that every mother would know how to prevent transferring HIV to her child. She pressed for the rights of every HIV-infected child to have access to the same lifesaving treatments as HIV-infected adults.
Here are the facts. Today, thanks in large part to Elizabeth, and to all those like you who have supported the Foundation, fewer than 200 babies a year are born with HIV in the United States. As well, many young adults who have contracted HIV at birth are now leading healthy, productive lives.
But the fight continues….In 2009, 34 million people in the world were living with HIV and 2.5 million of those affected were children. More than 900 children are infected every day and almost 50% of HIV-infected infants will die before their second birthdays without diagnosis and treatment. We have the science and the medicine to prevent pediatric HIV/AIDS.
To date the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has reached more than 14.2 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. Thanks to your support we can continue our work in more than 15 countries and at more than 5,400 sites, where we’re implementing prevention, care and treatment; advancing innovative research advocating to bring dramatic change to the live of millions of women, children and families. Make a mother’s fight your fight, and help us finish the work that Elizabeth Glaser started.
For more information visit www.amothersfight.org
With much appreciation,
Charles J. Lyons
President and Chief Executive Officer