Thank you for joining me in this cause!
I have wanted to do this for years. I wanted to support the types of organizations that helped me and my family while we were caring for my brother Danny. I want to end AIDS.
Danny died of AIDS in 2005. We were totally unprepared for his diagnosis which took several months to confirm. Danny was active in his church, was Sunday School Superintendent at one time, was a church media coordinator, sang in several gospel groups, worked in information systems, designed several companies' logos and also a very active Father.
Danny began losing his memory in late 2004. I remember him calling my house the day I was having a family gathering and him saying ‘Wendy, I’m lost.’ I said ‘lost?’ I had no idea that AIDS was already affecting his brain, ultimately causing dementia.
Danny began to lose weight and his hair began to thin. We didn’t understand the hair thinning because our whole family has thick hair. But we didn’t question it. It’s when Danny began to have sores on his skin that we began to worry. We even asked several times ‘Hey, are you ok?’ And Danny is SUPER STRONG HEADED and replied in an aggravated fashion ‘I’m fine!’
We left it alone. Because Danny is a smart guy and always handles his business.
Early 2005 is when things quickly began to deteriorate. Danny’s body and mind was being taken by the disease. We finally were able to get him into a hospital and have him diagnosed in August 2005.
We needed help. What do we do? His job wanted to know his status because they had very important Information system projects that Danny was leading. The doctors would not give my family a prognosis. I’m not sure if it’s because they didn’t want to bear bad news, but things looked dreadful and we knew it. That’s when the hospital put me in contact with The House of Ruth. That was a God-send. The support person met with me after talking to Danny and told me straight and direct, but as gently as she could, that my brother had about 8 weeks to live. Now, we are Christian folks and we believe through faith that God can do anything. And the final decision is HIS. What I have to do, is ensure we are ready for anything.
So we continued treatment and also ensured Danny’s affairs were in order.
Danny died on November 10, 2005, at the age of 37.
He left two beautiful daughters, Daphne and Tiphani who were 10 and 12 at the time. They remember their stern father quite well. He was gentle enough to comb and style their hair everyday but stern enough to disallow them to play in sandboxes because the sand would get in their hair and he would have the chore of washing it out. (Great story behind this.)
Danny also has a 4 year old Grandson, Keith, which is Danny’s middle name. Keith would have loved his Granddad and they would have been a pair!
I say all this to say, we need to end AIDS. I want your family to avoid going through what my family went through. We can do this with education and reducing the stigma. Have the conversations with your family. Tell them to protect themselves, get tested and if they do contract the disease ‘get help fast’. They don’t have to die! They can LIVE!
June 3rd - June 9th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I’ll be one of them!
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?
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First Metric Century!
First, I am so tired right now I could fall asleep in this chair...but today is a great day and no time for naps. I did my first 100k ride with Plano Bicycle Association! It wasn't a normal ride they do. A few weeks ago I reached out and asked one of their seasoned ride leaders, Jerry. if they would lead a 65 mile ride and he said YES! How crazy is that??? Yay! It was 8 of us. I loved it. Except for the fact that I was WAY OVERDRESSED. Why why why Wendy do you overdress? You know you are going to warm up? It started at 56 degrees and got up to about 65. I was fire hot the last 25 miles. I even had to pull my jersey off the last five miles so I wouldn't combust! Yikes! Whew! I made it 64.73 miles. I wanted to even it off at 65 but I had nothing left and I had to get to the hair salon. I was already late! My gala is tonight where they are awarding me the Toyota Platinum NSBE DFW Hidden Figures award for STEM work in the community. It's a blessing. I flew Mom in and now I'm about to get dressed after I get out from under this hot dryer! 🤣🤣 It's been a good day! Praise God!!!
by Wendy Walker on Sat, Mar 31, 2018 @ 3:35 PM