This past weekend LA families and stars alike, joined together to celebrate the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation with A Time For Heroes Family Festival.
This year, EGPAF honored its co-founders Susie Zeegen and Susan DeLaurenti who, along with Elizabeth Glaser, started the first research and advocacy efforts for children living with AIDS. This family fun event raises crucial funds to end AIDS in children. With over 36 million dollars raised since its birth in 1990, it continues to build its legacy helping pregnant mothers, children and families live longer, healthier lives. EGPAF has reached more than 30 million pregnant women with the ability to block transmission of HIV to their babies. Because of this event and its founders, over 300,000 pediatric HIV infections have been prevented since 2004. Their goal started with one child and is now to reach every child in the world. “We started the foundation thirty years ago to save the life of one child, but along the way, we fought for every child with HIV, because every child deserves a lifetime”, said Susan DeLaurentis.
The attendees were greeted with a Halloween themed sweets section for kids to experiment with. They had everything from making your own hand-crafted chocolate bars, to creating a one of a kind candy cauldron. Face painting, photobooths and a giant Jenga set could be played before dueling it out in the robot arena. Nickelodeon animators capped off the first round of events by drawing side by side with children of any age to create their favorite Nick cartoon.
Celebrity guests and supporters also enjoyed live entertainment while enjoying food from top local eateries and interactive games. An interactive superhero station was complete with a computer illustrated comic strip, masks, and cape making supplies. To top it off, an obstacle course was erected complete with a rope climbing wall and tire races. This foundation has made leaps and bounds in taking the AIDS epidemic head on. “At the first A Time for Heroes, there was no way to prevent transmission of HIV from a mom to her baby –there were no medicines available for children. Thanks to the work started by Susan, Susie and Elizabeth, and HIV treatments from companies like ViiV, we have seen a 95% decline in new
pediatric infections in the US and a global reduction by more than half.”
If you would like to learn more about this cause or look for ways to get involved, visit www.pedaids.org and check out EGPAF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @EGPAF