In 1991, I lost my daughter Iris to AIDS. I was totally involved in trying to save her life....but of course I could not. I did become an activist after she died and did everything I could to help others. One day I met a politician who told me that AIDS would never affect me, it only hits 'those' kind of people. He didn't know that I just lost my daughter. I was so upset that I set out to show the world the true face of AIDS. I organized mothers of AIDS children all across America to come to Washington carrying pictures of their dead children. I spoke on public radio, quoting words of my daughter and asking everyone to join us. That was in 1995.
Afew weeks later I received a letter from the White House. It was from the First Lady, Hillary Clinton. She heard me speak and sent me the most wonderful letter telling me how brave I was. She wrote that she could never be that brave if anything happened to her child.
That letter made me feel so good. Here was the President's wife reaching out to me, a little nobody. I never got a chance to tell her how much she helped me, but a person with so much heart has my vote.
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