Wheelchair Doesn't Keep Elizabeth Taylor From AIDS Benefit
February 18, 2003
A cold and a broken foot that put her in a wheelchair could not keep Elizabeth Taylor from making an appearance at an AIDS research benefit. On the day declared Elizabeth Taylor Day by California Gov. Gray Davis, Taylor missed a dinner engagement but made it to the ballroom at Orange County's St. Regis Hotel. "Every day is filled with threats ... but the reality is, we are in the middle of one of the worst threats, global AIDS," Taylor said. "As of January, 42 million people worldwide are affected. In 1984, I made a vow to myself and a vow to God to do something. Together, we will!" Annette Bening said, "I think what President Bush said in his State of the Union address about [helping AIDS patients in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean] was a wake-up call for our country. In our community, we've been dealing with AIDS for a long time. The fact that the rest of the country is going to become more aware of it through the president's efforts is a great thing."Adapted from:
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.