In 1988 three mothers sat around a kitchen table and started what is now a leading national nonprofit organization. The Pediatric Aids Foundation (based in Los Angeles) is dedicated to creating a future of hope for children and families worldwide by eradicating pediatric AIDS, providing care and treatment for people with HIV/AIDS, and accelerating the discovery of new treatments for other serious and life-threatening pediatric illnesses.

The story of this organization is the story of how three mums made an extraordinary difference in the world. One of these mothers – Elizabeth Glaser – ultimately succumbed to AIDS, as did her young daughter Ariel.  Elizabeth contracted AIDs through a blood transfusion.

To Consider:

How would you like to make a difference in the lives of others?

Can you think of organizations in the Lower Mainland doing similar work – especially with children?

To do:

Offer your support to local organizations supporting the needs of sick children. Support can be in the form of time (your efforts) and/or money.

Support the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon on January 30th and 31st.

If you have a passion for fighting AIDS – especially pediatric AIDS – purchase Pediatric AIDS Foundation music CDs for children. They are a delightful compilation of songs by famous artists. (See also: Disney for Our Children CD)

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Variety Club of British Columbia (An organization that raises money for children with special needs.)

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (Raises funds to pay for essential needs of the only pediatric hospital in British Columbia and supports medical research and a teaching hospital. )

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