packed crowd of 400-plus people, a hotel ballroom
beautifully decorated, great food, fantastic items donated
for bidding on, a fun casual beach party vibe, kind words
about TIHAN from Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and the
best, most awesome people in the world enjoying a great
party. Thanks to
hundreds of item donors, volunteers,
sponsors, and attendees who helped make Treasures for
TIHAN 2016 such a great success!
Every year, people new to the event, seeing it for the first
time, are amazed at how big and beautiful it is. And lots of
people come year after year, knowing it’s one of their
favorite events, and that they’ll have a great time. And
also knowing it’s the most important evening of the year for
our CarePartners living with HIV who look forward to knowing
that our community has once again given generously to fund
vital programs and services.
Thanks again for making our 19th Treasures for TIHAN another
fabulous benefit event, and for supporting TIHAN and helping
people with HIV to live well.
A few more photos can be seen here. If you missed the
fun but would still like to contribute to the programs of
TIHAN and those we serve, please consider making a donation
in support of our programs and our CarePartners living with
Click here to make a donation to support people living with
Below are our monthly announcements that we think will be of
interest to you!
Shares His Story
Augustine was diagnosed with HIV in 2008. The news at first
made him feel “down,” but he decided to face his new health
status as he does any other challenge in life — to just “go
with the flow.” Augustine contacted the Southern Arizona
AIDS Foundation, SAAF, in order to make sure that he could
access the care he needed. He had already been involved with
their personal empowerment group for members of the LGBTQ
community, and he knew that they would help him take care of
himself. Augustine also began the necessary antiretroviral
treatment for HIV, but he experienced severe side effects
that resulted in him being bedridden for some time.
Augustine worked with his doctors to switch medications, and
is now happy to report that he is down to three pills a day
— with no noticeable side effects.
Augustine credits Wingspan, Tucson’s former LGBT community
center, for connecting him with TIHAN in 2010. He became
involved not only as a registered CarePartner (client), but
also as a TIHAN volunteer, helping with administrative
Augustine attends Poz Café, commenting: “The people at Poz
Café are fabulous and provide great support.” He has also
attended Living Well with HIV classes, which he finds fun
and beneficial — “because you learn different things every
time.” Recently, Augustine had his gallbladder removed, and
as part of his recovery, he is using information he learned
at our Eating Well class to make healthier choices about
what he eats. He appreciates the TIHAN staff and volunteers.
“They are there to guide you and help you get on the right
path towards staying well,” he says.
True to his life approach, Augustine remains positive even
throughout challenges such as surgery and recovery. “I hope
to guide other people so that they, too, can get the same
help,” he says, help that he receives from TIHAN, SAAF, and
other sources of support.
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A Call for
Did you know that types of toothpaste have been around for
thousands of years? Many of us take for granted our ability
to purchase toothpaste every month, ensuring the health of
our teeth and gums. However, for some TIHAN CarePartners who
are on a limited income, the decision to buy toothpaste may
be a difficult one — especially because toothpaste cannot be
purchased using SNAP benefits.
Two months ago, we issued a request for toothpaste and
toothbrushes, and many of you responded with toothbrushes —
thank you! However, we still need your help to be able to
provide toothpaste to CarePartners living with HIV. Please
consider picking up a few tubes of ADA-accepted toothpaste
on your next trip to the store. Donations can be dropped off
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, at the TIHAN office (2660 N.
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Celebration of Life
With much sadness, we
report the recent passing of longtime TIHAN volunteer and
former TIHAN liaison to St. Francis, Barbara Nelson. For 20
years, Barbara helped through CareTeams, Treasures, Poz
Café, being a liaison, and much more. Her legacy lives on
through the lives she touched, and the work we’ll all
continue doing, inspired by her.
A Celebration of Life
is scheduled for Sunday, July 24, at 1:30pm at St. Francis
in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E. River
Road, with light refreshments following the service. In lieu
of flowers, the family asks you to please contribute to
TIHAN in Barb’s memory. Please keep her and her loved ones
in your thoughts and prayers.
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for a Few Key Volunteer Roles
TIHAN, the largest volunteer-based
provider of support services for people living with HIV in
Southern Arizona, would like to fill a few much-needed
Link Specialist Volunteers
Administrative Support for the
Marketing and Communications
We hope to find caring and
compassionate people with the talents and skills to perform
these important roles. If you think you can help, contact
TIHAN Volunteer Coordinator Bennett at (520) 299-6647 ext
firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and get
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Volunteer Opportunities Available on Facebook!
Where can you find our
most current volunteer opportunities, and lots of other news
about TIHAN, our programs, services, and events? On TIHAN’s
Facebook page! If you haven’t already “liked” it, you can
find it here:
or search “TIHAN” from your Facebook page!
You Might Not Know About HIV
In conjunction with the
35th anniversary of the official beginnings of HIV, June 5,
1981, Poz Magazine published “a look at some science-based
facts about HIV that may surprise you.”
Check out this link with their list of 35 things.
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