MED's Young Leadership Council Raises $2500 for UN-backed HIV/AIDS Campaign

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

“Getting to Zero” Seeks to Eliminate New Infections, Discriminatory Practices and AIDS-related Deaths

By Catherine Keller

Memphis, TN – A fundraiser held last week in the South Main Historic Arts District raised both money and awareness for The MED Foundation’s “Getting to Zero” campaign. Getting to Zero is part of the United Nations’ global HIV/AIDS effort, launched in 2011, to get to zero new infections, zero new deaths and zero discrimination.

The MED Foundation’s Young Leadership Council pulled in more than $2,500 through the fundraiser. The event aimed to support hospital-based efforts that will get Shelby County HIV patients into a treatment regimen and keep them there. Regular treatment for HIV+ patients can lead to a long, healthy life, but only 46% of Americans stick to a proper regimen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year reported that Memphis has the nation’s 5th-largest proportion of residents newly infected with HIV.

“We are pleased to have such an enthusiastic group of young professionals willing to support the clinical programs provided to our HIV/AIDS patients,” said Tammie Ritchey, Vice President of Development/Foundation Executive Director at The MED. “This disease affects a large portion of Shelby County and thus, each and every health care system. It takes continued communication and awareness to stop the spread and end the discrimination.”

“The disease is no longer an immediate death sentence,” Ritchey continued. “It is possible to get to zero AIDS-related deaths with effective treatment and management of the disease.”

Photos from the event are available online.

The MED Foundation is just six weeks away from its largest annual fundraiser. MED Night: A Soul Celebration will take place March 23, 2013, at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. Individual tickets are $500 and tables are available starting at $5,000. Support for The MED Foundation helps Mid-South residents access the best possible medical care. Funds are directly invested back into The MED to advance technology, purchase life-saving equipment and provide advanced training for front-line staff.

For more information about the MED Foundation, its Young Leadership Council or the Getting to Zero campaign, visit or email Catherine Keller.