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At 85, a Mother Walks for Her Son

March 13, 2012

  Mae Smith sits with her two of her daughters in her homey Glendale Heights kitchen. A coffeepot gurgles from the counter. Her youngest granddaughter plays quietly in the adjacent living room. If you saw Mae Smith on the street, you might not immediately suspect she’s a passionate and determined HIV/AIDS advocate...
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An Advocate and his Art

March 8, 2012

Gary Metzner poses on a Puerto Vallarta vacation in February 2011.          (Photos courtesy of Scott Johnson) Like twin currents of the same river, Gary Metzner’s passion for art and his own emerging identity pulled him into the HIV/AIDS cause some 20 years ago. Fresh out of college and grad school, he found work at an...
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Confronting HIV Among Youth

March 8, 2012

It's heartening to see the professional journalists of tomorrow care about rising HIV infections among young people. In this story -- written by Veronica J. Smith of the Medill News Service -- Chicago HIV experts and advocates talk about what's being done to address the alarming rise in HIV infections among young people. The story provides...
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Praying for the End of AIDS

March 5, 2012

The pastors took their seats at the table next to HIV-positive advocates last Monday as light streamed in through the multicolored stained glass windows at the Trinity United Church of Christ. It was time to talk about God and AIDS. The panel discussion at the South Side church, facilitated by The Balm in Gilead and sponsored by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC),...
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AFC Presents Day of Female Empowerment on March 10

March 5, 2012

Chicago's 2012 Teen Girls & Women’s Health Awareness Day Breaking the Cycle The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and the FAM Entertainment Theater Company are proud to present a day of fun and learning on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. On Saturday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Ford City Shopping Mall, there will be workshops,...
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Take in a Musical and Fight AIDS!

February 24, 2012

Take in some musical theater AND help the fight to end AIDS? That’s the win-win. On Friday, March 2, the Porchlight Music Theatre’s performance of “A Catered Affair” will benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Based on the 1950s play that starred Bette Davis, the musical is “a beautiful exploration of the...
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AFC Opposes Proposed Budget Cuts to HIV Services

February 23, 2012

Facing a grim fiscal situation, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed a $33.9 billion state spending plan that includes a $4 million funding reduction for HIV programs.  The governor also proposed deep Medicaid funding cuts, which would severely hamper access to health care for people with HIV. The governor’s proposal seeks $25.4 million in FY13 state funding for HIV services...
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Video: Tony Kushner on Angels

February 21, 2012

Courtesy of our friends at the Court Theatre, here's a video of Tony Kushner reflecting on his play Angels in America , with the artistic director Charlie Newell, at the first rehearsal for the spring production. Tony Kushner will be the guest of honor at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's 2012 fundraising dinner, An Angel Among Us: A...
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Angels in America: The Play That Goes Clunk

February 17, 2012

By Lauren Whalen When I was 18, I did an art project against my will. As a theatre major at Loyola University Chicago, I was required to take Introduction to Theatrical Design. Early in the semester, we had to create a conceptual project based on a favorite play. No rules. Just do it. After 13 years of Catholic school, where structure was the air we breathed,...
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A Brother Lost to AIDS Lights the Way

February 10, 2012

Tom Rubnitz in 1990 When Mary Lu Roffe’s brother died of AIDS in 1992, his death left a void in her life that likely will never be filled. In a recent interview, she fought back tears before the first question had been asked. “People say it gets better with time,”...
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