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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Lawmaker Sets Up Fund to Help Children with AIDS

November 22, 1988
Detroit--The Speaker Pro Tempore of Michigan's House has established the Resource Endowment Aiding Children Together (REACT) to help finance medical and support services for children with AIDS. Rep. Teola Hunter said a visit to a hospital that cares for children with AIDS last year convinced her to start the foundation. The Detroit Democrat has also been a major sponsor of AIDS legislation in the state, including bills to mandate AIDS training for school nurses and health care workers and to require confidential AIDS testing. REACT has a goal of raising $100,000, Hunter said. The state has 10 children with AIDS now, and expects to have 50-150 by 1991. The money raised will go toward education and advocacy programs, foster care training, and a residential home service to house children with AIDS and their families. Through a series of seminars, a Community Outreach Subcommittee of the foundation will encourage public service organizations, professional groups, and churches to assist in community outreach.