Resource Logo
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

WASHINGTON: Rise N' Shine Helps HIV Families


Seattle Post-Intelligencer (12.07.05) - Tuesday, January 03,

Since 1988, the Seattle-based nonprofit Rise n' Shine has provided emotional and material support for kids who have a family member with HIV/AIDS. RNS now has an annual $450,002 budget and serves about 175 children; its services include a summer camp for affected kids.

"It helps knowing that other parents have it, and I'm just not going to drop dead," said Diane Harris, an HIV-positive mother of a 6-year-old son and two young daughters, ages 11 and 16. Housebound with pneumonia, Diane was able to rest recently while RNS mentors took her children out.

Before partnering children with a mentor, Terry Marsh, RNS program director, meets with families to determine whether the diagnosis is accepted and/or discussed openly. Mostly, HIV support groups refer clients to RNS.

"They went to a lot of meetings with me," Harris said of her children, "but they didn't know what was going on." The Harris family has to cope with many difficulties besides HIV. The children have lived with relatives, and "the oldest daughter, most of the time is the parent for the family," said Marsh. "In many of these families, the need is so great you just have to focus on one or two things," he said. "We're able to help with the emotional stuff. You just can't quantify how important it is for these kids to have a place they can come to and talk about these things."


Copyright © 2006 -CDC Prevention News Update, Publisher. All rights reserved to Information, Inc., Bethesda, MD. The CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention provides the following information as a public service only. Providing synopses of key scientific articles and lay media reports on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis does not constitute CDC endorsement. This daily update also includes information from CDC and other government agencies, such as background on Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles, fact sheets, press releases and announcements. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however, copies may not be sold, and the CDC HIV/STD/TB Prevention News Update should be cited as the source of the information. Contact the sources of the articles abstracted below for full texts of the articles.

Information in this article was accurate in January 3, 2006. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.