If you participated in any of this past week’s World AIDS Day activities, you know how moving and educational they have been. I’d venture to say it has been Columbia’s best World AIDS Day observance ever–at least in my 30 years here.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt was on display at Jesse Hall and Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU Campus. (Shoutout to Kevin, one of my departed friends, whose panel was included).
Two of TTAC’s founders (Liz Rettke and me) participated in an amazing panel discussion, “A Day in the Life of HIV,” along with MU’s chancellor, HIV/AIDS researchers, our friends at RAIN, city/county Health and the MU LGBTQ resource center, MU Student Health, and of course Greg Louganis. We hope to get to post a video of the panel on our social media channels, so watch for that!
There was a Health Resource Fair and free HIV testing available.
The main event was Greg Louganis’ lecture: “Don’t Let HIV Write your Story,” which was phenomenal.
There has been plenty of media coverage of these events, so if you want to learn more, a quick Google will get you all the details you want. Most are linked on Bond LSC’s Facebook Page.
What’s left you ask?
Well there’s a free screening of the documentary about Greg: Back on Board!
It’s at 7 pm on Monday, December 7 in Bond Life Science Center’s Monsanto Auditorium.
There are even going to be refreshments!
Trail to a Cure has been honored to be included in all of this year’s events.
In Memory, Honor, and Hope,
Scott (an the rest of the TTAC board)
PS: for photos of events all week, also refer to Bond’s Facebook page!