Though she was not a celebrity in the traditional sense, Elizabeth Glaser gained fame and notoriety through her tremendous efforts to fight this disease. She contracted HIV in 1981 but did not find out until 1985. As a result, she unwittingly passed on the virus to both of her children. Her daughter Ariel lost her life in 1988, but her son, Jake, is alive and well today.
Following Ariel's death, Glazer co-founded what is now known as the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, one of the leading AIDS charities in the world. The Foundation is dedicated to preventing and eliminating HIV/AIDS in children. Elizabeth died in 1994, but her legacy lives on through her foundation.