CWA: Continued Commitment in the Fight to End Pediatric AIDS

As the largest telecommunications union in the world, we know that there is significant strength and power in the ability to raise our voices together, and we are proud to be able to use our influence to raise funds and build awareness for the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is the Charity of Choice of the Communications Workers of America Union.

Since 1990, both CWA national and our local unions have demonstrated an immense dedication to EGPAF’s lifesaving work. In the course of our partnership, the enthusiastic efforts of our 700,000 members have raised more than $7 million! Through bowling tournaments, raffles, golf tournaments, and other community events, we are able to share EGPAF’s mission with thousands of our members and their local communities, and effectively call attention to EGPAF’s lifesaving work.

In 1990, Elizabeth Glaser stood before our convention delegates to share her personal fight against a disease which had already claimed her daughter’s life. She told us about the shocking lack of research and treatment options for children living with HIV, and asked us to stand with her and fight because there were children and families suffering around the world. Together, we pledged to fight with her. CWA has been a devoted partner in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS for over 20 years, and in doing so, we have supported immense progress in the battle.

We stayed committed, even when Elizabeth lost her life in 1994. We fought with EGPAF as they helped to virtually eliminate pediatric AIDS in the United States. Then CWA stood with EGPAF as they expanded their efforts to help women and children in the developing world who needed assistance the most. In 2010, we were thrilled to have Jake Glaser stand before us at our convention; twenty years after his mother first shared their family’s story. Jake’s health and happiness provide an excellent example of the progress that EGPAF has made in the fight to eliminate pediatric HIV/AIDS, progress which CWA has been so proud to support.

Next week, we’ll gather once again for our 74th CWA convention in Pittsburgh, and as always, we will think of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. EGPAF’s CEO Chip Lyons is expected to speak, and we look forward to hearing more about the progress in the fight to eliminate pediatric HIV/AIDS. We are proud to continue to support EGPAF, and we look forward to a day in the not-too-distant future when the announcement at our convention will be that a generation has finally been born free of HIV.

Annie Hill is the Secretary/Treasurer for the Communications Workers of America.