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Project Inform Announces the Passing of Founder, Martin Delaney

January 23, 2009

Dear Friends --

It is with profound sadness that Project Inform announces the passing this morning of our Founder, Martin Delaney. He was 63 years old.

PHOTO: Martin Delaney

Martin Delaney,
Founder, Project Inform


When the full history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is written, there can be no doubt that Marty will rank as one of the greatest contributors to ending this great human tragedy. Those of us living with HIV, and all of us who care about people living with HIV, mourn the loss of this great leader, lifesaver and wonderful human being.

Marty's activism is legendary. He was a true David among many Goliaths. He has assured that government, researchers and pharmaceutical companies understand and respond to the needs of HIV-positive people. He heavily influenced the development of the strong arsenal of medications we now have to prolong life for millions of people worldwide.

Personally and through Project Inform, Marty has educated or counseled tens of thousands of HIV-positive individuals and their caregivers about how to treat HIV. A day does not pass in the life of this agency that we do not hear from a person living with HIV or a supporter about a life lengthened or saved as a result of Marty's efforts.

Intellect, activist, diplomat, mentor, friend -- each of us will remember Marty for the great attributes he brought to his lifesaving work. We will miss him terribly.

Project Inform's offices will be open today, Friday, January 23 until 7pm and on Saturday, January 24 from 10am to 4pm so that friends can drop by to be in community with one another in response to this great loss. We are located at 1375 Mission Street at 10th Street in San Francisco.

We will provide information as quickly as we are able about the date of a public event to memorialize Marty. Emails can be sent to Project Inform, and cards can be mailed to Project Inform, 1375 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

The Staff and Volunteers of Project Inform

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This article was provided by Project Inform. Visit Project Inform's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
See Also
Daniel Berger, M.D.: We Mourn Our Great Loss: Paying Homage to Martin Delaney
Statement of NIAID Directory Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., on the Death of Martin Delaney
NIAID Honors AIDS Activist Martin Delaney With Award
More HIV Activist Obituaries

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Comment by: Mark O'Connor (Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey) Wed., Jan. 28, 2009 at 9:26 pm UTC
I did not know Martin Delaney before reading the tributes about him today. It is with great respect that I salute him, as is protocol when heroes pass, and I feel the urge to add to the sentence mentioning his efforts resulting in lengthened and saved lives, to include the word 'enhanced' as well. As a long-term survivor of AIDs, I am benefitting from the efforts of leaders such as Mr Delaney on a daily basis. I hope his friends and colleagues read these heartfelt words of gratitude, from yet another city.
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Comment by: Butch McKay (Ft. Walton Beach, Florida) Sat., Jan. 24, 2009 at 8:17 pm UTC
It is with great sadness they we have to say farewell to such a man of greatness. He was the IN THE KNOW GUY who could talk about science and medicine in such understanderable language. His knowledge was tremendous and was only surpassed by his heart. He really cared about his work and the people he was educating. He was always the top draw at our Positive Living Conferences.
We plan to honor Marty and his work with a special tribute at the Positve Livng 12 Conference March 13-15,2009 in Ft Walton Beach, Florida. His life was full, his journey was endless, and it continues on a higher plane now. Rest my friend.
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Comment by: Terri Wilder (Atlanta, GA. ) Fri., Jan. 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm UTC
I am so sorry to hear of Martin's death. He was such a kind and generous man. Over the years, I have heard Martin speak at several workshops and have always been impressed by his ability to take very complicated treatment information and make it understandable. I remember listening to him at the Positive Living Conference in Fort Walton Beach, FL several years ago..... and the reason this sticks out to me is because after he spoke, a woman came up to me and told me that she thought that her doctor had her on the wrong combination of HIV meds. I encouraged her to go up to Martin and speak with him about this issue. She came up to me after they spoke and told me that she was on the wrong medicine and now had the correct information to take back to her doctor. Because of Martin, this woman was able to get accurate treatment information. He probably saved her life.
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