Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Receives $500,000 from Jewelers for Children

Media Contact: Meghan Quinn  mquinn@pedaids.org  202-448-8470

Las Vegas, NV—June 8, 2017—The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is pleased to announce a $500,000 commitment from Jewelers for Children (JFC) to further its mission to end AIDS in children worldwide. JFC revealed the generous support on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, during its 19th Annual Facets of Hope Dinner.

“We have worked with EGPAF since the very beginning, nearly 20 years ago, when we set out on our mission of helping children in need, and our impact has grown tremendously since then,” said David Rocha, Executive Director of JFC. “In that time EGPAF has truly embodied what it means to be a Legacy Charity Partner, and we’re proud to team up with them. Together, our organizations have prioritized investments in the next generation, to ensure children worldwide no longer face the threat of AIDS.”

The remarkable impact of this partnership on the lives of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS was highlighted on Wednesday through the powerful story of EGPAF Ambassador Josephine Nabukenya. Nabukenya, an HIV-positive Ugandan woman who received peer-to-peer support in the wake of her diagnosis, is one example of the many children and adolescents who directly benefit from EGPAF services. She now shares her story as an HIV/AIDS peer advocate to help support other young people as they overcome the challenges of living with HIV, and to fight the stigma surrounding the virus.

“I came to understand that being born with HIV did not have to define my life or my future. So I decided to dedicate myself to helping other young people realize the same truth I had: HIV does not have to be a death sentence,” Nabukenya told the crowd during Wednesday’s event. “Together, we must commit ourselves wholly, as individuals and as communities, to end the AIDS epidemic.”

EGPAF has been a JFC Legacy Charity Partner since 1999. With its 2017 contribution, JFC has now donated more than $11 million to fund EGPAF’s lifesaving programmatic, research, and advocacy work. These critical funds have helped enable EGPAF to reach millions of women, children, and families affected by HIV with the care and treatment they desperately need. This year’s contribution is a testament to the organizations’ shared commitment to an AIDS-free generation.

EGPAF is grateful for the incredible support from JFC and its members, and their renewed commitment to bring health and hope until no child has AIDS. There is much work to be done, and EGPAF looks forward to building on their shared legacy in the year ahead.

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About the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF):

EGPAF is the global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV/ AIDS and has reached more than 26 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. Founded in 1988, EGPAF today supports activities in 19 countries and nearly 6,000 sites to implement prevention, care, and treatment services; to further advance innovative research; and to execute global advocacy activities that bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide. For more information, visit www.pedaids.org.