By: Julie Rhoad, President/CEO
The NAMES Project Foundation/The AIDS Memorial Quilt
According to the CDC, at some pivotal point in her lifetime, one in 139 women will be diagnosed with HIV infection. For African American and Hispanic/Latina women, the numbers are far worse — 1 in 32 African American women and 1 in 106 Hispanic women. While the statistics are indeed startling, they point to a major reason the NAMES Project Foundation is bringing The AIDS Memorial Quilt back to Washington, DC this summer, starting this month.
Measuring more than 50 miles and weighing 54 tons and, thus, no longer able to be displayed all in one location at once, The Quilt’s journey to Washington for two major events spotlight a very current issue in dire need of renewed attention. Each one of the 94,000 names sewn meticulously into The Quilt is a testament to the fact that life in the age of AIDS is the story of us all — especially women. Continue reading