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.


 

Rick

"HIV has taught me to live in the present moment. Every morning, I wake up and decide I’m going to be happy."

Milton

“Knowing that I have the power to help someone take control of their own life and make healthier choices is the greatest gift on earth.”

Michael

“FIGHT helped me get rid of the shame I had been carrying for years. They treat me with dignity and respect in a life-affirming way.” 

Lynnette and Daniel

"HIV doesn’t have to place limitations on life. It doesn’t have to define how you live, who you love, or how you view yourself." "My wife is amazing. My children are amazing. We have an amazing family together. HIV doesn’t change any of that."

Jeff

“I will never stop being a warrior in the battle against HIV as long as I live, and I plan to be around for a long time to come.”

Jay

“I have so many dreams for my future. Because of FIGHT, I am so close to making those dreams a reality”

Felicia

“FIGHT has given me a home and a purpose. Today, I feel beautiful and I thank God for what I have every day. I used to live in the dark but today, I have found the light.”

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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

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