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My Gay HIV+ Life in Portland Oregon
      09/17/12 03:00 PM

My name is Roger Walcker. I am an "out and proud" gay Christian Architect (University of Oregon, class of 1974). Since July, 2006, I have been HIV+. My doctor in Vestal, NY, gave me 3 months to live.I was life-flighted from Syracuse, NY to Portland and driven home, to The Dalles, to die! I weighed 95 pounds, having lost 90 pounds! My t-cell count was 46! I was told to contact Dr.James Sampson, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland ASAP! He is anIHIV/ AIDS specialist. A week later, I was in Dr. Sampson's exam room. Dr Sampson took my hand and said: "Roger, you are NOT going to die! I will prescribe stonger med and fewer meds. I am involved with many HIV / AIDS studies. You will get better and stonger each month! I promise, Roger, you are NOT going to die!" I cried unashamedly! Dr. Sampson was SO right! I got so much better, I moved to Portland in October, 2007. I was is in my 1st AIDS Walk that month. Last October 2nd. I and 20 others who are also HIV+, were invited to lead the 2011 AIDS Walk. We led 10,000 Walkers from the Pioneer Courthouse Square to the Pearl District and back, 2 1/2 miles and earned $465,000 for Casade AIDS Project! Both numbers are ALL TIME records! This September 23rd, I will Walk in the 2012 AIDS Walk in Portland. I am healthy and thrving and thanking Dr. Sampson and God for protecting me and for giving me my future opitimism! Sincerely, Roger Walcker (and yes, my last name IS spelled queerly!)

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