FSW and the Camp Viva Team are thrilled that the Camp Viva quilt was inducted to be a part of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on Monday, December 1, 2014 as part of World AIDS Day. Special thanks to the New York State Health Department AIDS Institute and Mary Lou Hamlin of the NY Capital Region chapter of the NAMES Project for this wonderful honor.The panel, which represents the 50 campers and volunteers who have passed away since Camp Viva began in 1994, was designed by Viva staff and campers and expertly sewn by the mother of one of our team members.
The mission of The NAMES Project Foundation is to preserve, care for and use The AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire action in the age of AIDS. Weighing 54 tons and composed of more than 48,000 panels dedicated to more than 94,000 individuals, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the premier symbol of the AIDS pandemic, the greatest HIV prevention education tool and the largest ongoing piece of community folk art in the world.
FSW is proud to be a part of this extremely important project and proud to report that our 20th year of offering respite and fun to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS was a great success.