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We Have Not Won the War

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July 18 2013

Kenneth Lee ZabelIt is still happening: Americans are dying of AIDS.

Just two weeks ago, we at AIDS Research Alliance received a business-sized envelope, posted with an “Equality Forever” stamp, hand-addressed to our office.  Inside was a birthday card that we had sent to one of our clinical trial volunteers - Kenneth Lee Zabel, and folded with it was a printout of his obituary:

“Kenneth Lee Zabel, 44, of Aurora, IL passed away peacefully at 7:02 pm on Wednesday, March 4th.  After being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1995, Ken continued to live to the fullest until he could no longer continue to fight. Surrounded by family, Ken finally lost his battle with AIDS and went to be with our Lord in heaven.”

Kenneth Zabel was only 44 years old when he died of AIDS.

AIDS Research Alliance has existed since 1989 with one purpose – to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Through the work done by our scientists, our partner organizations, and our volunteers – Kenneth Zabel among them – ARA has made great strides, contributing to the development of half of the antiretroviral treatments available today. But the war is not over. We need to find a vaccine, and we need to find a cure for HIV if we are to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS. We hope you will join us as we strive to bring the number of HIV-related deaths to zero in America and in the entire world.




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