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So. It's time for my yearly (okay twice yearly, I do it for the auction too) pimp for African Well Fund

There​ are sever​al ways you can donat​e via​ (​check​ to AWF, or onlin​e via Afric​are'​s web porta​l w/ a credit/debit card). Once you've made a donate you can sign the online bday card for Bono. Here the link to a slideshow of last year's card that Bono sent a personal thank you to the donors.

All of the infor​matio​n is here at our Walk to the Water web page.

Bono said this is his favor​ite bday prese​nt he recei​ves every​ year.​ The truth​ is, the peopl​e really recei​ving his gift are thous​ands of miles​ away and proba​bly have no idea who Bono is.

Thank​s so much for all of your support this year and in years past. It's the gift that keeps on giving. WATER.


P.S. Please feel free to promote this on your LJ, Myspace, Twitter wherever you can to get the word out in these last few days. We also have avatars and banners and flyer downloads available at the web page link above. Spread the word! :)

let the tarding begin

Ally and I are going to see Duran Duran on May 4th at the nokia theater. Weeeeee!!!! We got row J on JT's side in Loge orchestra. NOT BAD! Ally and her Citi card rocks :)

Guess I'd better start listening to Red Carpet Massacre :p

Woo! Egg nog post!

Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog kicks my ass. Seriously. After one glass.

I just put up lights on the bushes in our front yard. O_o.
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Scrappy Scrapping

A couple of things. First, it sucks to suck at something yet still really enjoy it. Does that make sense? It's also sort of like a drug, or a really strong drink. RELAXING!

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2nd of all,( WARNING: TMI) isn't 39 too young for hot flashes???? Cuz I totally had one tonight and it was NOT FUN.

Time for bed.

Sayonara 2006

It is 8:20pm PSt and I am where I want to be. With my family. My mom, my brother and SIL, Mary. My cousins Sara and Kristin, who I consider my sisters :)

I had a great day today. Granted, with the stress of moving it has been a bit chaotic around these parts. I have had a lot of mixed emotions re: moving from the address I have come to call as home since Sept 1, 1998: 1455 S. Irena Ave.

Here is why. As a child of a broken home, we have never lived anywhere longer than 5 years in a physical place. Hence, living at our house in So Redondo has been the most I have ever called home in my life. It seems weird for some, who own their own home when I do not. Everything around me is familiar, from the smell of the grass when I wake up each morning, the position of the sun beneath the clouds and the trees, to the familiar sounds of our neighbors, and our beloved stray cat that visits us each morning.

But, as much as I am going to miss it, I am ready to greet a new physical place. Getting there is going to be a challenge. I was hurting sitting in church this morning for 20 minutes. Thank goodness for some awesome friends that are going to help us move in to our new address on 1/4/07.

More about this awesome church my cousin Sara and I visited this morning in Redondo The Breakwater and their mission to build water wells in Africa.

Happy New Year to all my peeps in the SCV and the SFV tonight. My thoughts and love are with you all.

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HIV Treatment increase

From this months Global Fund Observer newsletter.
NEWS: Global Fund and PEPFAR Announce New Treatment Numbers
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The Global Fund and the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced on December 1, World AIDS Day, that between them they are now supporting antiretroviral treatment for 1.2 million people living with AIDS. This represents a three-fold increase in the total number of people receiving treatment in low- and middle-income countries since December 2003, and a doubling in the past year.

"Four years ago, almost nobody in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world was receiving treatment. That well over one million people with AIDS are on now on treatment through the support of Global Fund and PEPFAR is a remarkable achievement," said Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Fund. "We must now build on this progress to reach the millions more who are still in urgent need. We look forward to continuing to work closely with PEPFAR and other partners around the world to do so."

In their joint statement, the Fund and PEPFAR said that at the end of September 2006, 822,000 people received support for treatment through PEPFAR's bilateral programs in fifteen focus countries. The Global Fund supported treatment for 770,000 people worldwide. Approximately 400,000 people in PEPFAR focus countries received treatment support from both PEPFAR and the Global Fund, and thus are counted in the totals for each organization.

Editor's note: When the Global Fund and PEPFAR say that they "support" treatment for a specific number of people worldwide, this does not mean that their grants "provide" all aspects of treatment to that many people. This is because other funders, including national governments, employers, and the infected people themselves, make significant contributions to the costs of providing treatment to many of the people included in the Global Fund and PEPFAR numbers. For instance, in some Country X, the Fund and/or PEPFAR might pay for something like clinical testing or second line medications, with all other costs for those same patients being covered by other players