MANHASSET, NY – Mathilde Krim, PhD, founding chairperson of amFAR and a leader in the field of AIDS research and fundraising, recently offered her inspiring messages of optimism and equality to clients living with HIV/AIDS and medical staff at North Shore University Hospital during the annual World AIDS day commemoration held by the hospital’s Infectious Disease Department’s Center for AIDS Research and Treatment (CART).
The program began with poetry readings and personal thoughts shared by the Center’s clients. Each participant then lit a candle as the names of friends who had succumbed to AIDS during the past year were read aloud.
Bruce Farber, MD, Chief, Infectious Disease at North Shore, introduced Dr. Krim as “the matriarch of the anti-HIV program.” He said that during the 1980s, AIDS was an unknown disease and that “all we knew was that it was highly fatal.” After detailing Dr. Krim’s humanitarian efforts to augment research funding and, more importantly, offer hope and dignity to people living with HIV/AIDS, Dr. Farber said, “Every once in a while, one person can make a difference…in this case, it is Dr. Mathilde Krim.”
During her brief remarks, Dr. Krim thanked Dr. Farber and Joseph McGowan, MD, medical director of CART, for their efforts. Speaking to a clearly emotional audience, many of whom were eager to shake her hand or offer a heartfelt “thank you,” Dr. Krim said that she was optimistic that a cure for AIDS would be found in the near future. Before taking the time to pose for photographs with medical staff and clients, Dr. Krim repeated the message that has made her a beloved figure in the international AIDS community — “Every human life has the same value as any other.”
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