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Dab Garner: 31 Years of Hope

By Robert Breining

March 26, 2012

Dab Garner -- 31 Years of Hope

This past Sunday March 25 at 9pm EST, Robert Breining and Jeromy Dunn spoke with 31 year survivor Dab Garner. Dab Garner shared about the 31 year message of DAB The AIDS Bear. Join us for this special episode of POZ I AM RADIO when we celebrate 31 years of Dab the AIDS Bear. This is an episode you don't want to miss.

The Story of Dab The AIDS Bear

Back in 1981 when Dab 1st had friends starting to die from AIDS, the hospitals wouldn't allow visitors into the patient's room unless you wore protective garments (gowns, masks etc.) because they were afraid of this new disease and were not sure how the virus was passed. Because of this, people were usually close to death and had at least one opportunistic infection when they were diagnosed and hospitalized. You could see even seasoned health care professional recoil in fear and not wanting to touch the patients. Even close friends were hesitant or scared to visit their friends in the hospital. Dab started buying Gund teddy bears and giving them to friends so they wouldn't have to feel so alone, abandoned and afraid. That is how Dab the AIDS Bear Project began.

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