WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi received the Congressional Global Champion Award on Tuesday, June 24 from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) in honor of her longstanding commitment to an AIDS-free future.
In accepting the award, Leader Pelosi recalled her first meeting Elizabeth Glaser in 1988 and being embolden by her story and her passion and that she was first, and foremost, a mom.
"There's nothing like the determination of a mother," said Leader Pelosi. "When [Elizabeth Glaser] died we lost a champion, but her legacy lives on. She made a difference in the world," said Leader Pelosi. "We are going to continue this fight until no child has AIDS."
Leader Pelosi has been an outspoken advocate for those infected with and affected by HIV since the beginning of the epidemic. She understands too well the devastation HIV can cause. Her commitment has been critical in advancing the fight against the disease, seeing firsthand how research, public policies, and communities can act together to make real, lifesaving change.
"When we are looking for a lawmaker on Capitol Hill to act on behalf of children living with HIV—and expectant mothers living with HIV— we know that we can count on Leader Pelosi, not only for her vote, but for her voice," said Charles Lyons, EGPAF president and CEO, in presenting the award to Leader Pelosi.
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The evening reception celebrated EGPAF's 25 years of working to end AIDS in children worldwide. Supporters from around Washington, and the globe came together to commemorate EGPAF and its commitment to create a world where no child has AIDS.
Guests included: WJLA co-anchor and celebration host Alison Starling; Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs at Toyota; Jake Glaser, EGPAF ambassador; and Annie Hill, EGPAF board member and celebration co-chair.
Celebration sponsors included: Abbvie, Clearpath Solutions Group, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Google, Mylan Inc., and Toyota.
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About the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF):
EGPAF is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS, and has reached 20 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. It currently supports more than 7,000 health facilities and works in 15 countries to implement prevention, care, and treatment services; to further advance innovative research; and to execute global advocacy activities that bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families.
SOURCE Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation