EGPAF Ambassadors are using their stories to raise the awareness and resources necessary to end AIDS in children worldwide.
EGPAF Ambassadors are a community of advocates working together to help EGPAF create a world where no child has AIDS. These passionate voices from around the world include children, young adults, moms, dads, health care workers, celebrities, and technical experts who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.
In addition to his role as an EGPAF Ambassador, Brian continues to support EGPAF programming in Uganda as one of the leaders of “Ariel Club Superstars.” Brian and several other Ariel Club alumni formed this mobile-based virtual support group when EGPAF’s programs scaled down in Uganda.
Although Ben has been living with HIV since early childhood, he was determined not to let the virus take away his dreams of having a family. And his dream was realized in April 2013, when Ben and his wife Kasiah welcomed their beautiful daughter, Finley Elizabeth Banks, into the world. Finley was born healthy and HIV-free. But the journey to have a healthy, HIV-free biological child began many years before Ben became a father.
Celebrity photographer and filmmaker Nigel Barker became involved with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation after attending the Foundation’s annual Kids for Kids Celebrity Carnival in 2007. In 2014, Nigel also became a member of EGPAF’s Board of Directors.
As an HIV-positive mother of two HIV-negative children, Martha strives to educate women about stigma, HIV prevention, and the incredible gift of PMTCT services. She continues to advocate for increased access to these critical services and looks forward to the day when every HIV-positive woman in the U.S., Zambia, and every other part of the world has the knowledge, and the ability, to have an HIV-negative child.
Lucas and Lee Courtney have each been living with HIV since birth. Soon after learning about their status, the boys became strong advocates for other children living with HIV—sharing their experiences and encouraging others to help create a world where no child has AIDS.
In 1996, everything changed for Clay and Suzan Meredith and their two children, Alee and Mitchell. Shortly after their youngest son, Mitchell was born, he became very ill. During that same time their daughter, Alee, then 5 years old, was also suffering from a series of mysterious illnesses that doctors could not diagnose.
In 1997, Fortunata was 22 years and had just moved to the U.S. from Tanzania, to pursue a degree in journalism. She was a newlywed with a baby on the way. Less than two weeks later she received the news that she was HIV-positive. After receiving this devastating news, she was concerned for her own health and most of all for the health of her unborn child.
Maurine Murenga discovered she was HIV-positive in 2002, when those living with the virus in her home country of Kenya had little access to treatment and preventative care. When she realized she was pregnant shortly after her diagnosis, she was unable to afford medication—as a result, her son, Earl Fortune, was born HIV-positive.
Ashley Rose Murphy has been fighter since the day she was born. Infected with HIV since birth, Ashley was initially only expected to live a few months when her adoptive parents, Kari and Don Murphy, welcomed her into their home.
Like so many children living with HIV in Uganda, Josephine Nabukenya wasn’t aware of her HIV status during most of her childhood. When she was eight years old she came across a letter written by her mother that revealed the devastating news—Josephine, her mother, father, and younger sister were all living with HIV.
Cristina Jade Peña became an HIV/AIDS advocate and educator shortly after learning she was born HIV-positive. She holds a Masters from the University of California, Berkeley in public policy and collaborates with national and international organizations to advance health policy. Cristina has been an EGPAF Ambassador since 1997.
Actress Fátima Ptacek became involved with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) in 2012 after learning about the devastating impact HIV/AIDS has on children.
Inspired by EGPAF's work to saves the lives of millions of HIV-positive people around the world, Fatima decided to share our mission with her fans and encourage young people to join the effort to achieve an AIDS-free generation.
While adolescence alone can pose challenges, Paige Rawl held an even heavier burden growing up: a positive HIV diagnosis. After leaving middle school, Paige sought to channel her experience into service—through public speaking, providing support to other HIV-positive youth and victims of bullying, and eventually helping pass a 2013 Anti-Bullying law in her home state of Indiana.
Elizabeth Glaser started the Pediatric AIDS Foundation with her close friends Susie Zeegen and Susan DeLaurentis, after her daughter, Ariel, lost her battle with AIDS in 1988. The foundation had one critical mission: to bring hope to children with HIV and AIDS. Today, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is the global leader in the fight to end AIDS in children. With your help, we can eliminate pediatric AIDS for good.