A World AIDS Day Plea

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My heart bleeds.

With every glimpse of little faces, beautiful smiles, and pleading eyes, my heart bleeds.

I’ve seen them, and you’ve seen them.

Those children on TV, on websites, on the cover of magazines. Sometimes their bellies hang swollen, sometimes their eyes fill with fatigue and hurt, the physical hurt of starvation and disease, the emotional hurt of lost loved ones and rumors of a great industrialized Western world that has forgotten them.

But sometimes those faces still shine with hope, still smile with optimism, and still tell of a heart that rejoices in the small miracles of the every day.

Today, December 1, 2011, is World AIDS Day, a day to remind us that horror is still very much present in our modern world.

We stream movies of gore and bloodbath, war and weapons, yet people still live those very scenes out. Not always in amour and epic battle scenes, but in disease and symptoms and suffering and death.

But there’s still so much hope.

The One Campaign and RED intend on achieving great things by 2015: providing treatment to the millions of people who need it, significantly reducing new infections, and ending the transmission of HIV from mothers to infants.

That’s 1.4 million HIV+ pregnant women who still desperately need treatment.

Treatment that costs about 40 cents a day.

Only $12 a month, $144 a year.

It’s less than an iPad, an iPod, and probably two months of your morning coffee out at some fancy shop.

And yet it’s life to someone else.

Check out these facts on the 2015 challenge, and then challenge yourself to do something about it. Sacrifice your Monday morning coffee, your next haircut, even that new gadget you’ve had your eye on for quite some time.

Because in a few years, it won’t matter.

But life will always matter.