Marty Mitchell: Foundation Ambassador
My son, Brett, was infected with HIV at birth in 1980. When he was diagnosed seven years later, nobody gave us much hope.
When Brett was in third grade, he stood up in show-and-tell and courageously told his classmates that he had AIDS. For the next 20 years, he dedicated his life to raising awareness and educating others about the disease that would one day take his life.
Brett led a very full life for 27 years which I am so thankful for. He loved fast cars, rollercoasters, computers, his beloved dachshund, Noodle, and he LOVED pretty women.
Having been infected in 1980, Brett was one of the first children who benefited from the research and the work of EGPAF. When he was diagnosed seven years later, nobody gave us much hope. At that time there were no FDA-approved drugs for children with HIV — only clinical trials.
Through the efforts of Elizabeth Glaser and the Foundation, new drugs were developed and made available to children – giving us hope. Since the time Brett and I were introduced to the Foundation in the early 1990s, we’ve lost too many children to HIV, and we’ve even lost the person who started this crusade — Elizabeth Glaser — who Brett and I had the privilege of knowing personally
I remain committed to working in the spirit of Brett and Elizabeth and so many others. Just because Brett’s struggle with HIV is over does not mean that I will ever stop fighting against and educating about this virus, nor should any of us.
As I think about the tremendous impact that EGPAF has had over the last 25 years, I challenge myself – and I challenge all of us to fight to see a day when every child has the chance to become a healthy, happy adult.
Brett and Robin Williams at A Time For Heroes
Brett and Little Richard
Brett and First Lady Nancy Regan