‘Words could not express my deepest gratitude for MAF.
Since becoming a client of MAF, the Staff has become my family and confidant. Being that I am walking this journey alone as an HIV carrier, without the knowledge of my friends and family, MAF has provided me comfort and encouragement I needed all these years. When I have had chats with my CaseWorkers our conversations would always end with a deep sense of acceptance and compassion. I can be open to them and not be afraid of judgment which has given me a lot of hope to be able to function normally as a human being and not a walking disease that is shunned as I have experienced even from local doctors who have refused to take me in as a "new patient".
The financial support from the grants from MAF has made it possible for me to receive the numerous medications I have been taking over 10 years that have kept me alive and healthy. I would not be exaggerating when I say, without the financial grants I honestly don't know where I would be today because there is no way I would've been able to afford the medication. Without the grants that enabled me to obtain my meds, my life would be short lived. I remember telling my doctor once, "please reserve the resources for other patients who have longer life to live, and don't waste it on me". Then, he said, there's enough to go around and you deserve the treatment you need to keep on living. I would say MAF has echoed that doctor's voice. Maui Aids Foundation has been more than a place of encouragement, compassion and hope for me. It has been a life-giving source not only for me but for others. You are literally saving lives. Thanks a million!’