A Time For Heroes 2013: Standing For the Most Vulnerable
From box-office smash movies to television show favorites like “True Blood” and “NCIS”, I’ve always been recognizable for my athleticism and size. From playing football at Fresno State to my breakout role in Adam Sandler’s hit comedy, “Mr. Deeds”, I’ve always had a passion for using my talent to benefit the most vulnerable among us. I’ve had the opportunity to take part in activities benefiting such charities as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and organizations that rescue neglected and abused animals. But today, I’m taking a stand and joining the fight with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Elizabeth Glaser lost a child, her daughter Ariel, to AIDS in 1988. She refused to lose her son Jake to the same fate. She gathered together her closest friends, founded the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and took her battle to save her son from Capitol Hill to the homes of Hollywood friends here in Los Angeles. Though she lost her own fight against AIDS in 1994, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation redoubled its efforts. Because of their work, pediatric HIV is virtually unheard of in the United States.
That’s not true in much of the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, thousands of babies and children die every single day because their mothers don’t know they have passed HIV to their babies and have no way to save the lives of their babies or themselves. Fifty percent of babies born with HIV will die before their second birthday if they don’t receive treatment. But the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is determined to win the fight and eliminate pediatric HIV. Working in 15 countries and at 5,400 sites around the world, EGPAF provides millions of women with the care they need to stay healthy and prevent the transmission of HIV to their babies, and offers families the HIV treatment that can save their lives.
On June 2nd, I will again be attending the 24th annual A Time for Heroes carnival on behalf of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. I’ll be joining families from across Hollywood and across the country to play, learn, and share. I’m so excited to be taking part in this incredible event on behalf of a fantastic organization, and I invite you to take part.