Statement From Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Executive Director, Natasha Bilimoria, on the Passing of the Organization's President, Jack Valenti

    WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It was with great
 sadness that we learned of the passing of Jack Valenti, President of
 Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
     Jack joined the fight against global disease as a final mission in his
 extraordinary life -- a life full of accomplishment -- and committed
 himself to working tirelessly to increase the quality of life for those
 suffering from the devastating effect of disease and poverty across the
 globe. He served as a relentless spokesman for disease-ravaged communities
 navigating the halls of congress with statesman like agility to ensure that
 the United States provided the foreign assistance required to save millions
 of lives.
     In July of 2006, Jack embarked on a five-day trip to South Africa. He
 was eager to bear witness to both the tragic impact of AIDS, Tuberculosis
 and Malaria as well as to the hope inspired by the efforts of organizations
 such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. While
 Jack's compassion was always unwavering, this trip accelerated his
 commitment to fighting these pandemics.
     At a time when most would retire, Jack used his last few years to
 support The Global Fund and to fight for people who live oceans away from
 us. People - - who despite never knowing him -- have and will continue to
 benefit from his selfless work and dedication. The global health community
 has lost a great advocate and truly great friend. He will be sorely missed
 and we offer our sincerest condolences to his wife Mary Margaret, children
 and grandchildren.

SOURCE Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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