"In my long battle with HIV -- over 13 years -- he is the first physician I have had who truly 'goes the extra mile.' Not only is he knowledgeable as an HIV specialist, but he goes out of his way to return phone calls, to coordinate with other service providers, to troubleshoot difficult medical situations skillfully, and to advocate in the community. ... He has provided me with treatment expertise and treatment caring/bedside manner that is unsurpassed."
"I nominate [this doctor] because she started the only HIV program in the state of Michigan whose primary target population is youth between the ages of 13-24. The program that she developed in 1994 not only provides direct care services for youth who are infected with HIV, but also provides transportation to patients that do not have transportation to get to their medical appointments. ... She was the first person I met when I found out about my own status. She shows unconditional love to everyone she knows."
"From the first day, sitting in the exam room, he made me feel equal, he made me feel like a person, and he made time for me. Every appointment with him starts off with a big hug and he always takes the same relaxed position in the chair, allowing me to talk with him about what is going on. ... He's compassionate, caring and a friend. He gives me hope for my situation and always allows me control of my own treatment."
"This doctor has personally helped me get through my HIV illness with so much kindness, patience and understanding, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to make my life as comfortable as possible. I'll never forget the first day I met him after learning of my diagnosis. I was so afraid, scared, confused and lost. He looked into my eyes and said, 'You are going to live to be an old man. And you will die of something other than AIDS.' The relief and happiness he gave me will be with me FOREVER!"
"[This physician assistant] is a professional, thorough, compassionate healer who gives thorough personalized care. [She] LISTENS, views the entire body system, answers all questions ... respects my rights to personal decisions but voices her disagreements and concerns. ... Her care recaptured my smile and the joy of long-term survivorship."
"He has no concern for quick fixes but rather works to maximize long-term survivability."
"She takes the time to explain things and to listen to your fears. To her you are not just a chart, but her patient."
"For the first time someone didn't make me feel at fault or an inconvenience for being sick."
"He is one of the most genuine and humble doctors I've EVER had the pleasure of working with."
"She is not afraid to counsel, hug and generously provide undivided attention at each appointment."
"When I had PCP, she held my hand and told me that I would beat this. It worked."
"I always know he's on my side. I just can't believe other doctors are as smart, devoted and giving."
"I have known her to be the bedrock of [the clinic I go to] ... since my diagnosis seven years ago. Many have come and gone -- patients, doctors, staff, other nurses -- and she remains as vibrant and engaged as the first time we met. She is REAL with all whom she interacts with and that enables her to deal effectively with everyone, from clinic administrators to substance-abusing patients. Her heartfelt dedication to her patients comes across through her professional work as well as her personal interactions. I consider her my friend, just as EVERY ONE of her patients also considers her their friend. I credit much of my coping skills and treatment success to this one individual, and as far as I am concerned, she is my personal angel! Recognition for this 'front-line fighter' would be well deserved and applauded by all who know her. Thanks for the opportunity to nominate her."
"She goes above and beyond her duties as clinical nurse in our facility. Her dedication has no walls or time limits. I have known her to be available 24/7 to our patients and their families. Recently she underwent a moment of personal hardship within her family and she did not even let this interfere with her availability to them."
"She was well recognized as an extremely credible reference when much about HIV was changing in the rural south."
"I will never forget how she embraced me when I felt I was not worthy of even a hug."
"He does the work of two Nurse Case Managers in an AIDS clinic that is 90% Hispanic and 70% HCV-coinfected."
"She works tirelessly, battling insurance companies and assisting patients with disability paperwork. She has saved my life many times."
"Her holistic approach and deeply felt care for her patients are obvious to everyone who sees her professionally."
"I was a patient for 12 years and I know I would not have survived this long without her."
"She helped steer me through those critical first months of dealing with its implications and effects on my life."
"Her energy to provide excellent care for her patients is infectious and to work with her a privilege."
"His devotion and dedication to his HIV patients is second to none. He spends considerable time educating, consoling and helping his patients. In addition to his responsibilities as a pharmacy manager, he works with newly diagnosed patients at the hospital. He devotes himself selflessly to his patients and his profession."
"Before she came along, my pharmacy visits were just to pick up my medication and that was it. She made a big difference. She asked me what my numbers were for my glucose tests. She asks me how I am doing and can tell if I am losing weight. She cares about me. I don't see my doctors as often as I go to pick up my medicine, so I feel she looks after me. She even asked me if it hurts when I eat. That was how I found out I had thrush. She does this for everyone."
"She's the only pharmacist in a clinic with 400 HIV-positive patients and she knows nearly every patient's name and specific regimen."
"He has made me aware that my emotional and psychological well-being is just as important as the medications."
"This woman has been so nice to me, getting my pain scrips filled quickly, getting meds they don't have ordered fast."
"He is a leader in furthering educational efforts in regards to HIV/AIDS, both professionally and in our community."
"She has on occasion found contradicting side effects and called doctors to request a change in dose or medication."
"She was so concerned when I had not been in to get any medicine that she contacted me personally."
"He pointed out that my insurance covers certain over-the-counter drugs, when he could have charged me and made a profit."
"She makes sure I know what I am taking, and lowers her voice to keep the conversation confidential."
"[This community educator] has tunnel vision: [she believes that] through education and testing, [we can] prevent HIV infection. I work with the health department and sometimes see bureaucracy slow or even hinder unique opportunities for intervention. She constantly thinks of new ways to get the message across -- by meeting people in parking lots or hosting Tupperware-like HIV testing parties. Through her actions, she reminds me that it is okay to go above and beyond the call of duty."
"While developing and administering our prevention/education department, [she] became especially interested in working with the prison population. Her irresistible enthusiasm and single-minded commitment have resulted in the development and implementation of a weekly HIV prevention program, monthly support groups for HIV-positive prisoners, a prison mentoring program and a program that allows us to provide safe sex kits to prisoners upon their release. She has single-handedly taken on the local prison system to ensure that prisoners get both the information and the care that they deserve."
"His dedication to inform others about HIV has spared them from enduring the hardships he has experienced being positive."
"She started a support group to help educate young teens and a Buddy Program for young HIV-positive mothers."
"He encourages young men to educate their families and friends. His style is raw and down to earth, so they can relate."
"Her tireless dedication to a population that is still vastly under-served puts her head and shoulders above the rest."
"She has touched so many women's lives over the years. One of our clients named her daughter after her."
"She developed a strong relationship with a local Native American tribe that allowed us to provide services to them."
"[This case manager] has always taken the time to explain everything to me, from ADAP to DAS qualifications to SSD. She is compassionate, kind, and professional. Most importantly, she listens to me. She speaks my language. Without her, I might be living on the street or dead from crystal meth."
"She has been through what I am going through as the HIV-negative spouse of an AIDS survivor. From the very beginning -- she was here almost immediately after my husband's diagnosis -- she offered very practical information and referrals, and acted as an effective advocate when we had been getting nowhere with the Social Security process for over a year. She truly helped us accept our new situation and get on with life."
"If not for her personal dedication, I would have had a very bad time adjusting after I was diagnosed."
"He inspires clients on taking the journey of recovery and to understand that they are not alone."
"She does everything: coordinates client care, fundraising, education and prevention. She's an incredible advocate and friend."
"Her ability to assuage the fears of her Hispanic clients to continue medical care is exemplary."
"I'm inspired by watching my coworker assist clients as they cope daily with living with HIV/AIDS."
"He taught me how to take all the dysfunctional pieces of my life and become a functioning HIV-positive gay male."
"Within an hour, she not only designs a plan of action for new clients, but also provides hope."
"She acted as an effective advocate when we had been getting nowhere with Social Security for over a year."
"He is an inspiration to those who are privileged to know him. He tested positive in 1999. Since that time, he has worked to break down the stigma and discrimination of HIV. He founded an AIDS resource in Boise, Idaho. His passion is spreading the message about HIV prevention in a down-to-earth manner. One way he is accomplishing this is through a documentary about his HIV disclosure, which airs in classrooms and on TV. His story is powerful and provides insight into what living with HIV means."
"She is a young woman living with the virus for almost 12 years. She is always willing to collaborate with all individuals and organizations to promote prevention and education. At the present time, she is working in the jails educating the families of inmates in the visitor area, a job that requires a lot of patience and dedication. Even when she is down due to her illness, she always has a great outlook in life. I love her and consider her a great friend and great source of inspiration to all."
"He is a Catholic priest with end-stage AIDS and always speaks the most awesome sermons. His congregation loves him along with all the HIV-positive clients who have a care team. Please consider him for your prestigious award, he is truly deserving."
"To cope with her husband's death from AIDS, she co-wrote a book about HIV for youngsters."
"This man has single-handedly saved a once-bankrupt agency and kept HIV/AIDS services in our city."
"With a professionalism tempered by warmth and humor, he gives the gift of understanding with a tremendous generosity of spirit."
"Many in our region would consider her the #1 HIV/AIDS advocate."
"Instead of becoming victimized by her diagnosis, she empowered herself and others by becoming an activist and leader."
"She does HIV testing and transgender activism. Living with HIV is just another facet of this inspiring woman."
"Opportunistic infections and other conditions have never deterred him from his military missions, career objectives, or educational pursuits."
"She gives art classes to HIV-positive street kids, art therapy to HIV-positive women and does needle exchange ..."