Twenty-one years ago, many brave Oklahomans stepped out of the shadow of HIV/AIDS and joined Barbara and Jackie Cooper to attend the first Red Tie Night benefiting the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund. They brought attention and money to the plight of thousands of Oklahomans battling an unforgiving disease. Since the first cases were diagnosed in 1981, more than 600,000 Americans have died, including thousands of Oklahomans. Medical advances in the 1990s changed the disease to a more manageable illness, but statistics from the Oklahoma Department of Health show that the number of people testing positive has continued to increase.
Today, more people are living longer and relying on partner agencies. But our work isn't done, and the need for education continues. Together, we can build upon the amazing altruism of Oklahomans who have helped raise more than $15 million over 21 years to save lives, improve lives and nourish the suffering souls of so many. Together, we can create an AIDS-free generation.
Join us Saturday March 2 at the Cox Convention Center and help thousands of Oklahomans battling this disease and help millions more avoid the suffering that HIV/AIDS inflicts.
Stacey Ford Stiglets, Oklahoma City
Jim Roth, Oklahoma City
Stiglets and Roth are co-chairs of 2013 Red Tie Night. For more information, go to www.aidscarefund.com.