Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Day 10: Carol Cheney

Special Thanks-giving to Carol Cheney, one of the most brave and kind people I have known.

Carol was Roby's boss when he found out he had HIV. It was June of 1986 and those were the days of people with HIV/AIDS getting kicked out of apartments, having their insurance cancelled, and little boys getting chased out of school, out of town and having their homes burned to the ground.

When Roby found out he had HIV, she let me come to the workplace, pick him up in the employees only room, take him home and she supported him until the last day he worked for her. She didn't have to do that. She could have treated him differently once she found out, but she didn't. She expected all the same things of him after his diagnosis that she had expected before and she treated him with respect.

Carol Cheney is a hero. I bump into her occasionally in the world and I always remember what she did. She wouldn't call herself a hero, I bet.

Thank you, Carol.

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