FIGHT Stories

FIGHT Stories is an annual project that started in 2010 as a way for FIGHT’s clients and consumers to share their personal stories of struggle, triumph and hope with our community. At FIGHT, we believe storytelling is one of the most valuable tools we have to communicate how impactful the work of our agency has been and continues to be in the lives of those we serve.

Every year, a dedicated team of staffers and interns begins the multi-step, multimedia process of interviewing, audio/video recording, photographing story participants and finally, compiling the words of each participant into a story than can be shared on the internet, in FIGHT publications, and on our office walls.

By 2020, the 10th anniversary of the FIGHT Stories Project, we hope to have profiled over 100 community members.  These stories are the heart of FIGHT and we look forward to sharing more inspiring and powerful journeys of the clients and consumer that we are proud to serve.

Zaire Newsuan

“It’s exciting for me to teach people about being transgender. If I can show people that I am a normal person, it will help them become more tolerant and less judgmental.”

Steven Johnson

“I’ve been through a lot of things in life, even to the point of almost surrendering and giving up. But I tell people, no matter what happens, don’t give up. Just keep moving.”

Minister Cauzell Harris

“When I came to grips with my diagnosis, life became better. I have been undetectable since I was 19 and that is a blessing. Now, the last thing on my mind is HIV.”

Kevin Christmas

“FIGHT has helped to show me that I am a lot more than my past. Everyone at FIGHT is focused on opening up a dialogue and talking about solutions. There are so many people here who genuinely care.”

Jonathan Carton

“I like to use my own story as a teaching tool when I present in the community. My story makes me stronger and I know that by sharing it, I can help empower others.”

Crystal McBride

“I feel like it’s my calling to empower people by talking to them, sharing my story, and letting them know that hard times are just pit-stops along life’s journey.”

China White

“I’ve been diagnosed with AIDS, I’ve been beaten down, and I’m still standing. As long as you’re still breathing, there are still options; you just have to live to see them.”

Albert Buck

“The people at John Bell go out of their way to give me all the time I need. I recommend the clinic to everyone I meet because it changed my life.”

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring fellows, residents and students.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

FIGHT Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center - Dr. Mario Cruz
Dr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who joins Philadelphia FIGHT as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He completed his undergraduate training in Biology and Psychology from Union College, his medical school training at Albany Medical College, his residency training at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and his Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center