Our dream is that no one else will become infected with HIV. For those who are HIV positive, we are dedicated on their behalf to educating all people about the virus and the overwhelming need for love and compassion in fighting this pandemic.
Our goal is to fund prevention education, care services, and vaccine development, and to increase public awareness of AIDS, using The Bracelet as the tool. The Bracelet will not only serve as a bridge to unite people to fight HIV/AIDS, but will help to increase consciousness, compassion, understanding, and responsibility.
Until There’s A Cure is committed to:
- Funding innovative programs which promote AIDS awareness and prevention education.
- Providing financial support for care and services for those living with AIDS.
- Supporting and advocating for AIDS vaccine development which offers the best hope for reducing the spread of HIV.
Helen Miramontesreceived her BA and MS in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco and has devoted her life to education about, and treatment of, HIV/AIDS. She served on the President’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Board during the Clinton Administration. Upon her retirement in 2000 as Clinical Professor, Department of Community Health Systems, UCSF School of Nursing, she remained active in support of AIDS vaccine development and HIV/AIDS training for health care providers. Her work honors her son, Jonathan, who succumbed to the disease in 2006.
Remembering Helen Miramontes
"Beautiful Helen! A life well lived with an unparalleled legacy. We are each better people for having known Helen."
"Her passing is a loss for us as well as the worldwide HIV/AIDS effort...she will be sorely missed."
"I'm so sorry and so incredibly sad."
"Helen led us, guided us. cheered us, and challenged us as we, individually and collectively, tried to create our place in the fight to end the AIDS pandemic."
These were the first comments of those of us who served with Helen as members of the Board of Directors of Until There's A Cure Foundation.
Helen was our inspirational leader from her first meeting with our founders over coffee in 1996 until the final board meeting she attended in January of 2016. She joined our efforts because she felt that our mission encompassed factors that she cared deeply about – raising funds to provide care and services, to influence education and prevention, and to support vaccine development. Helen increasingly supported our product-based endeavor because she saw in it not only a way to raise much-needed funding but also as a way to keep the public involved in the AIDS cause and to build awareness about HIV and AIDS.
Helen was instrumental in introducing the Foundation to as many of those in her network as possible. She personally created relationships that will carry us on into the future and will influence our continuing work. We met her fellow nurses, her co-members of President Clinton's Task Force on AIDS, her "beloved adopted sons", her doctor associates involved in medical research, her many friends, and her extended family. She provided the imprimatur that allowed Until There's A Cure Foundation to have a voice in HIV/AIDS community.
Helen was happiest about her association with the Foundation when she saw our efforts being recognized; for example when the San Francisco Giants MLB organization and the Giants Community Fund invited her to appear on the field during the 16th annual Until There’s A Cure special event baseball game. It was very rewarding for her to see her cause and her Foundation recognized so publicly in the city she loved so much.
Helen never let us forget our objectives or lose our way. She was the consummate teacher and leader who could chide us, laugh with us, and remind us that our ultimate goal has not yet been achieved. Helen always signed her emails --- "We must become the change we want to see in the world." M. Gandhi. In her honor, we will continue the fight......until there's a cure.
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