GMA: Willow Bay & Florence Ngobeni-Allen On Elizabeth Glasser
Willow Bay, co-chair for the Elizabeth Glasser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Florence Ngobeni-Allen, the ambassador for the organization, stopped by GMA February 21 2013 to talk about the history of the organization and their fight to end pediatric AIDS.
Willow Bay said that the organization started with Elizabeth Glasser. She started the foundation after she unknowingly passed her HIV to her two children. She lost her daughter, Ariel, and she decided that no mother should have to lose a child this way. Pediatric aids is virtually eradicated in the United States and the developing world. However, around the world, 900 children a day are born with HIV.
GMA: Florence Ngobeni-Allen’s Story
In 1997, Florence Ngobeni-Allen was a young mother and she learned that she and her husband were HIV positive. About three months later, they lost their daughter to pediatric AIDS. She made a vow to fight for the daughter she lost and women with no voice. She married again and had two HIV negative children. She said she wanted to share her story of hope.
Willow Bay commented that Florence Ngobeni-Allen was one of the few women to be publicly HIV positive in an era when no one at all would do that. She said that she heard her speak on her first trip to Africa and loved her strength and her bravery.
She said that Florance Ngobeni-Allen’s story was indicative of the victories they’ve already made against pediatric AIDS, since it is already eliminated in the United States. The women said they would not stop until pediatric AIDS is completely eliminated across the world.
Willow Bay: What Can Be Done To Eliminate Pediatric AIDS?
Willow Bay said that to fight pediatric AIDS, we must share stories like Florence Ngobeni-Allen’s and go to amothersfight.org and join the cause. Willow Bay said they’d be back on Good Morning America once they’ve won the fight against pediatric aids.