Jamar Rogers: Doing More for Others
Jamar Rogers thrilled audiences on “The Voice” during its second season. Since then, he’s been touring, recording, and writing music, but he always makes time for one of his most important causes: children living with HIV. In this blog, Jamar explains why he’s so excited to get involved with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the fight to eliminate pediatric AIDS.
My heart has always been in music. Growing up, I loved singing – I loved the sensation of the notes in my throat, I loved the beat, and I loved how my voice could affect others. When I appeared on The Voice in Season 2, audiences could feel my love for music, helping me to reach the Top 8. I’ve had the opportunity to record with some of my favorite artists and travel around the world. Now, I have the unique opportunity to use my voice and my talent to bring much-needed attention to the challenges facing children living with HIV.
I’ve been living with HIV for almost a decade. I know its challenges and dangers, and I know just how scary it can be to live with the virus day in and day out. But for children living in resource-poor countries, the virus isn’t challenging, it’s deadly. Despite everything we know about preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, every day, over 900 children are born with HIV. Without care and treatment, half of those children will die before their second birthday. But that doesn’t have to happen.
For 25 years, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has worked tirelessly on behalf of women, children, and families around the world in the battle to eliminate pediatric HIV. Working in 5,400 sites in 15 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and India, EGPAF is dedicated to keeping mothers and babies healthy, happy, and HIV-free. That’s why I’m proud to lend my voice to their efforts, and that’s why I’m so excited to perform at the 24th annual A Time For Heroes celebrity carnival in Los Angeles, CA on June 2.
I believe that if you are willing to live your best life, you can do it. If you want to do more for others, you can do it. For years, I’ve been using my music to help others live their best lives and achieve their dreams and goals. Now, I’m thrilled to be able to do so to benefit EGPAF’s important mission: to eliminate pediatric AIDS and create an AIDS-free generation.