In September 1994, 22 years ago, my father, celebrated Cuban poet and GWU professor Roberto Valero, passed away from complications caused by the AIDS virus. Because I was so young at the time, I grew up never getting to know the brilliant man he was. Every year, I walk in his memory, and to honor all of the memories we never got to share.
Although HIV care and prevention has made leaps and bounds since then, the District of Columbia still has an epidemic of HIV infected individuals and families--the highest infection rate in the nation. With your help, Whitman Walker can care for people who are infected with this virus and ensure that their families will not have to experience the loss that mine did.
Thank you so, so much to everyone who gives anything at all you can spare! It means the world to me and my family.