I am very pleased to announce that Sir Elton John will be the featured guest for CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360º special one-hour broadcast Hope Survives: 30 Years of AIDS, to be aired on Friday, January 14, 2011, at 9:00 PM Eastern. The special will focus on the role stigma continues to play in the spread of HIV here in the U.S. and how through education and scaled up prevention there is hope for an HIV-free future generation. The show will also explore the latest medical breakthroughs and discoveries.
In addition to Anderson Cooper’s in-depth interview with Elton about the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s work, the show will also include interviews with Academy Award-winning actress and AIDS activist Mo’Nique; Phill Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute and co-founder of Greater Than AIDS, a new national movement developed with the Kaiser Family Foundation and supported by EJAF; Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases; andProject Runway’s Mondo Guerra. During the course of filming season 8 of Project Runway, Mondo revealed on national television that he was HIV-positive, a secret he had withheld from his religious family for 10 years; his story is a case study in the tremendously negative impact of stigma today, even in New York City, even in the gay community.
The special broadcast will also feature emotional clips of famous personalities sharing a personal “Deciding Moment” that changed how they think about the disease and inspired them to get involved, including Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, actress Sharon Stone, singer Barry Manilow, basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar, comedienne Margaret Cho, Author Maya Angelou, and Jeanne White-Ginder, the mother of the late Ryan White. Hundreds of Americans have already shared their own “Deciding Moments” as part of an ongoing campaign by Greater Than AIDS. To view these inspiring stories or share your own, visit: www.greaterthan.org/moments.
“I’m deeply grateful to CNN and Anderson Cooper for focusing a special hour of programming to bring attention to the continuing impact of HIV/AIDS, not only internationally, but also right here in the United States,” said Elton. “We’ve all become way too complacent about a deadly epidemic that is only getting bigger, especially when we already have creative readily accessible prevention methods that we know to be highly effective at curtailing the spread of this disease right now.”
I hope you will enjoy this terrific special report and continue to take pride in the Foundation’s accomplishments
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