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Lion's Pride of AFC: Junior Board Member Wins Award

June 24, 2013

Jason Karel sits on the Junior Board for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), but his leadership role with AFC doesn’t stop there. He’s a stalwart champion of the LGBTQ community, especially at work. Jason recently received the Volunteer of the Year Award from his employer, BMO-Harris Bank. Though he works in human resources, he volunteers tirelessly with Lion’s Pride,...
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Policy Matters Podcast: Spring in Springfield

June 19, 2013

Policy Matters Podcast: Spring in Springfield by AIDSChicago The Illinois General Assembly closed its most recent session on May 31, 2013, passing four major bills that will have a profound impact on people living with HIV/AIDS in the state. Policy Matters Podcast's host, Lucy Baglin, sits down with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's state...
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AFC Announces CommunityDirect Partners for 2013 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

June 18, 2013

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is thrilled to announce that registration is open for the 2013 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago , September 28 at Soldier Field. This year’s event, produced by AFC and Special Events Management, will raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. There are an estimated 46,000 people living with HIV in Illinois. “Whether you run, walk,...
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Broadway Meets Michigan Avenue

June 13, 2013

Chicago’s famous Drake Hotel will move to the intersection of Broadway and Michigan on Sunday, July 14. I know what you’re thinking: “Broadway and Michigan don’t intersect!” But believe me, they will by the middle of July. Christian Carter, a stage actor known for his role in South Pacific, organized an event called Broadway Meets Michigan Avenue...
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We Need to Talk About ObamaCare

June 11, 2013

I like to tell stories. I like to illustrate macro issues with individual narratives, highlighting the humanity behind HIV/AIDS. Inside Story is a perfect platform for this because it focuses on the lives mainstream media often overlook. This post deviates from that model slightly, insofar as I’m not profiling an individual—but this piece is vitally important, especially to...
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Recognizing a Champion of AIDS Housing

June 6, 2013

Philip Englert wants people to recognize him as he was in the 1980s. It’s understandable. He was strong, handsome; his face was chiseled, and he had a head full of thick, light brown hair. Philip worked in many capacities on Chicago’s elite restaurant scene, and he loved it. Sharing delicious food and drink with great people was more than a passion, it was a way of life. But...
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Smooth Transition: TEAM TO END AIDS Continues to Make Strides with New Leadership

June 3, 2013

TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), a fundraising arm of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) that trains participants for distance runs and triathlons, is thrilled to welcome Keefer Pulford as an interim Manager of Endurance Events, effective immediately. After eight years as a participant with T2 and over a year as Manager, Kevin Ciacco will leave AFC to enroll in nursing school fulltime....
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And the Winner Is: AIDS Run & Walk

May 31, 2013

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago emerged a winner on Thursday, May 30, receiving a Golden Trumpet Award for “Best Special Event or Observance,” presented by the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC). The prestigious Trumpet Awards honor individual achievement in the planning and execution of public relations initiatives. “Each category has been judged by a panel...
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ObamaCare Is Here - But Is It Working for People with HIV?

May 22, 2013

Read AFC's CountyCare report and press release . On January 1, 2014, national health care reform will kick into high gear, providing new health insurance options for millions of people across the country. And thanks to visionary leadership from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board CEO Dr. Ram Raju, and the Obama administration,...
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Strength of a Thousand Cranes

May 20, 2013

Masumi Yoneyama is an Ironman—but that’s not entirely due to the 70.3-mile race she aims to conquer this August with TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) . To learn why, we have to go back to 2011, the worst year since her mother’s death over a decade ago. Working at Trader Joe’s, Masumi did a lot of heavy lifting. She admits, “I probably didn’t use proper...
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