Welcome to Anne Carmack's AIDS Walk/Run Fundraising Page
Hey there friends, family and associates both near and far!
Thanks for visiting my AIDS Run & Walk donation page 2017!
To put it simply, I am raising funds to support the patients served at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center located in Chicago, Illinois. If you're on my list, then you received my lengthy email message. If not then, I will repost the highlights below:
I’m always amazed by the resilience of our patients since they are coping with a chronic disease that if not treated and managed consistently can result in death even to this day after so many advances in treatment modalities. With over 90% of our patients earning/receiving equal or below the federal poverty level ($11,700), managing their HIV/AIDS infection is just one thing among many issues that they deal with day in and day out.
- I raise money to help patients cover the cost of dentures since without teeth, they cannot chew and get the proper nutrition which is vital for someone on antiretrovirals with a compromised immune system. The number one oral health service in our dental clinic is tooth extraction since almost every patient hasn’t had consistent dental care from their youth to adulthood. Thus, there is long wait list for dentures!
- I raise money to help patients and their family members receive a coat, hat, gloves and boots every winter, and as some of you know, Chicago is COLD for 6 months. I delivered these items to a family a few years ago, and the look on their faces when they knew they would have a coat and boots for their children for the upcoming winter indicated to me that they felt a huge sense of relief. They were so grateful for the help and kindness when they were struggling financially.
- I raise money to help both adult and adolescent patients when they need a bed, household and personal care supplies, food and so many other things that I don’t think twice about when I need to go out shopping. It’s also the reality that many of our patients are shunned by their families and lack a support network that most of us have always had throughout our lives.
Thank you for reading my thoughts about why I participate in the walk and for considering making a donation to my AIDS Walk & Run effort this year! If you have donated to me before, again many thanks! If you are new to my group, then welcome and thank you so much for your support of me and the patients that I endeavor to support.
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