My City Comes Together On World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day, and while I enjoy giving Richmond a hard time, people in my city came together in a way that made me cry even though I could only share it through this video.

RVA Remembers will be a public art installation comprised of 400 individuals holding 400 red umbrellas in the shape of what has become the symbol of HIV/AIDS–the red AIDS ribbon. Participants will stand together for 9 1/2 minutes–the length of time it takes for yet one more American to become newly-infected with HIV. (source: rvaremembers)

(If you cannot see the video, click here.)

Every December, Scott and I look for local charities to support along with our national charities.  We look forward to giving to the Fan Free Clinic this year. Besides leading the effort to create this amazing outpouring of support and beauty, the FFC works hard to give healthcare access to the underinsured, uninsured and forgotten members of the Greater Richmond community.

If you can give even $5, go, give, and then come back and read about all the things I did this week that had nothing to do with being a good person.  Oops.

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Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

6 thoughts to “My City Comes Together On World AIDS Day”

  1. Thank you so much for spreading the word about this post; the people involved mean a lot to me; and the belief in good means even more.

    (Which is partly why I couldn’t comment effectively on your post re: would-be presidential assassins. BUT I read it and loved it. I just didn’t know how to begin to respond. So complicated. And real. And hard.)

    Anyway, I love that when I come here, you always leave me thinking.
    You are simply fabulous, my friend.

  2. I love that you talk about giving. It’s so important but so often overlooked. I give to my college every year because I worked for the annual fund while I was there and I know how important it is- and I support a few causes here and there- but you remind me that I need to focus more on giving, especially in this season of extravagance.

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