Notes & Blessings
Bob Bowers is a passionate activist and educator. As someone who has lived with AIDS for over 30 years, Bob is not just a survivor. He works passionately to fight complacency and improve the lives of those around him. His commitment to teaching young people about the importance of healthy choices in their lives, and his advocacy of quality health care for those living with AIDS, are just two examples of his numerous good works."
--- United States Senator Tammy Baldwin-Washington D.C.
Notes to Bob Bowers:
AIDS WALK WISCONSIN
The thanks should really be coming from me to you for your willingness to speak and for the inspirational comments that you provided to the crowd. Your speech by far was the most stirring and memorable for the 4,000 walkers in attendance. We raised just over $500,000 for the AIDS prevention, care and treatment services around Wisconsin.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW)
This is Tracy Hegg from the Milwaukee Academy. I just wanted to thank you for speaking to our girls! They talked a lot about you when you left...maybe your ears were ringing. I explained to them the hopes that you have of helping to "save" all of them, not just one of them. They all loved you and made a commitment to honor your requests. I can only
pray that this is truth. I hope that life will be kind enough to bring you back to our part of the world again.
Tracy and the girls
TO BOB BOWERS
You have to be one of the most amazing men. This just shows people that you can't tell from the outside someone is living with AIDS. Protect your self and others.. I love how open and honest you are about your life. And how AIDS hasn't made you lay down and die..
I was up late last nite and I watched your special (The Fire Within) with you and your wife, she was doing the road bike through California. I think you two are amazing people, I wanted to thank you for helping me. To look at my life completely differently. then the poor me I got sick. I don't have HIV but I have enough other shit I just cried watching you throw up and throw up from medicine and your attitude amazed me. I take more pills then any normal person could stand. and I decided to live more like you I can win this fight for life. Bob you should do more specials and if there are more out there please direct them to me. write a book too, you might already have one I think you impact people more then you realize. thank you, God be with you. you are in my prays forever.
You have, like the phoenix, risen from the ashes through your own determination and will. Remember that what has risen from the ashes is not a toad or mole, or skunk or weak lil' worm but a beautiful strong soaring phoenix that has spread his wings over and around us. So soar on, my friend, and enjoy the the wind in your face and the warmth of your friends and the beauty of your accomplishments.
COMPASSION IS OUR CURE®
I just wanted to tell you that your site brought both tears to my eyes, chills to my skin, and peace to my heart. I have not been directly affected by AIDS on a personal level, however, being a nurse my final goal is to be involved in the fight for research and a cure. I never look at peoples website, but something told me to check yours out. I have been directly affected by cancer several times which is another type of research I'd like to do, but I feel like the Lord is pushing me to work with HIV/AIDS patients and I'm not really sure why. And I love your saying Compassion is our cure.... b/c it is the truth in this world through and through. I just really wanted to say I think it's awesome what you are doing, and I wish more people would be on the proactive side of this fight.
You look so wonderful and sound like you have done so many good and positive things with your life. I am so proud of you and what you have accomplished and the plans you have to make HIV/AIDS so much more understandable to others and provide answers and options.
Your email box must be full, but please include me from now on so I know what you are doing and how you are. I am proud to say you were my trainer and still are and always be my special friend.
Love to you,
FIGHT ON AND NEVER SURRENDER!
Good Afternoon Bob,
I just spoke with Jake Glaser and he told me that you wanted me to email you. I only have a few minutes right now, but I will definitely email you again. I have checked out your website. IT is awesome!!!! I hope to create a website one of these days. Thank You for those kind words you said about me the other night to the reporter from The Capital Times. I am just started to do more and more. If I can help you out with anything, please let me know and I will do everything I can do to help you. I will let you know of things that come my way. I hope this finds you in good health. Take Care of yourself!! Continue to do that great work you do!
I was one of the 300 kids sitting at the Hyatt in Irvine last Sunday listening to you. If you had even half the effect on all the others as you had on me, then your message was very well received. I just want to thank you for giving your life to teach others...and to help us make the decisions that will allow us to be safe, strong, and healthy. You took the negative and turned it to be a complete positive. That takes strength and courage Both of which I don't think I'd ever have.
Well, I'm sure you get a lot of these e-mails...so I guess I'll stop now.
Thank you for sharing you life with me.
Bob Bowers of Madison, Wisconsin, weeps as names of AIDS victims are read aloud at the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall in Washington July 24, 2012. Bowers, who has been HIV positive for 30 years, has lost dozens of friends to AIDS. The international AIDS 2012 conference is currently being held in Washington.
I went to your website and I was very moved at your speaking of HIV and AIDS awareness, I commend you for your strength and courage and speaking out. Although I have never personally known anyone that has HIV or AIDS i have compassion for you and the millions that have this disease. I am a nursing assistant for a home health care facility where I live and have cared for HIV AIDS patients in hospice and home care. You have my support and compassion and I wish you well in your endeavors.
I think the message that Bob Bowers is working to spread needs to be heard by more people. He is a great example of someone who has maintained a very high level of fitness has a devoted wife and a normal sex life, and most importantly enjoys a high quality of life. It is really encouraging to see someone not only survive but prosper in society for over two decades after being infected with HIV. Further, it was great that he was willing to talk about his experiences, and was completely open and responsive to questions from the audience.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
Your websites were very inspirational, you truly have a gift not only in your compassion but also in your insight into the disease that you and so many others in this world live with every day. You are blessed to have such good friends by your side. So many people don't understand that AIDS is not something you can catch by hugging a friend that has it. Many times people will shun the person and think that if they remain friends they may get it. They don't realize or care that this just is not true. Keep up the good work!
His remarkable demeanor immediately captivates the students; then there is his passion and openness in telling his story; finally, he is brilliant and engaging in his ability to express himself. If there were such a thing as a force of destiny in our lives, I would say that Bob was born for this role; no one has carried this difficult mantle with more dignity, conviction, purpose, and compassion.
--- Madeleine Schwab, 11th Grade Crossroads High School Teacher-Santa Monica, California
Mr. Bob Bowers is an excellent speaker on HIV/AIDS prevention to both teenagers and adults. Bob shares his personal testimony of living with HIV/AIDS with a genuine concern to help protect youth from the risk-taking behaviors associated with HIV transmission. For more than 3 years, Bob was the most requested speaker for the Peer Education Program of Los Angeles (PEP/LA). PEP/LA is a program of multi-cultural teens that have been trained as peer educators to talk openly, honestly and accurately to diverse populations of youth in probation centers, group homes, drug rehabilitation facilities, high schools, religious organizations and shelters for homeless and runaway teens. Regardless of the socio-economic or cultural background of the targeted youth, Bob appropriately responds to their specific needs and concerns. His altruistic sensitivity to our friends living with HIV/AIDS has clearly elevated the teens’ compassion, respect and hope for people living with HIV/AIDS. Whenever PEP/LA was invited to a youth organization or college, it was always Bob Bowers that they wanted as the “friend with HIV/AIDS”. There is no doubt that he has helped to protect literally thousands of teens from an HIV infection. In addition to his message about resisting peer pressure to engage in drugs, alcohol and sexual activity, Bob instills high values and morality when he speaks. The youth understand that heightened self-esteem and respect for others are two key components for healthy psychological and emotional welfare. He provides realistic alternatives to risk-taking behaviors as he encourages specific age-appropriate strategies for negotiation and sound decision-making skills. Teens learn about positive sexuality and the advantages of making the right choices to promote individual and interpersonal relationships. PEP/LA has missed Bob Bowers’ contribution to our educational outreach and bi-monthly meetings with peer educators and volunteers. We were so very sorry that he moved from Los Angeles but our loss will be the gain of other organizations promoting the healthy welfare of youth.
--- Wendy Arnold, M.P.H. President Peer Education Program of Los Angeles
I have taught eighth grade for three years and unfortunately, there has been a steady increase of sexual promiscuity and drug experimentation. During this time, I have done research of different licensed programs and most importantly, Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction, to develop a
program that would best fit the needs of my school, students, and students' families. I had to meet those needs, as well as, find a way to make an impact. By far, the best resource I found was Mr. Bowers. Before Mr. Bowers came to speak, we discussed thoroughly the health education boundaries my school district has, my students' needs and background knowledge and my expectations of him. He met all these criteria and more. Mr. Bowers spoke for an hour and a half about the cause of HIV/AIDS, the consequences of having it, and how he has survived. During that time, 147 eighth graders were attentive and completely entranced. He answered their questions with honesty and respect. Following the program, the students were dismissed, but came back to talk with him after school. The nextday they asked me if he could come back. The impact Mr. Bowers made on my students is incredible. The administrators and teachers who sat in on the program also agree that he gave a thought provoking and memorable presentation. I am planning on having Mr. Bowers come back to my school to continue his legacy of making a difference. It is with great respect and confidence that I recommend Mr. Bob Bowers to educate our future.
--- Jennifer Calvino