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 Elizabeth <I>Meyer</I> Glaser

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Elizabeth Meyer Glaser

  • Birth 11 Nov 1947 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 3 Dec 1994 Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Sharon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 9261141

Social Reformer. The wife of actor Paul Michael Glaser, she made a name for herself through her national efforts to raise awareness and funding for the prevention and treatment of pediatric AIDS. She lived a seemingly storybook life until she was unknowingly infected with HIV from a blood transfusion received while giving birth to her daughter Ariel in 1981. Ariel then became infected with the virus via breastmilk, as well as her son Jake, who was infected in utero. The family discovered they were carrying the virus after Ariel, who had been sick, was diagnosed in the late stages of her illness. At that time, there was little research in the area of pediatric AIDS transmission, prevention or treatment. Elizabeth Glaser took on the daunting task of raising awareness during a time she referred to as "a crisis of caring". She co-founded the Pediatric AIDS Foundation with friends Susan DeLaurentis and Susie Zeegan in 1988, the same year that Ariel died. She authored the book "In the Absence of Angels" in 1991. She lobbied Congress for funding pediatric AIDS research and spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 1992. She succumbed to the disease in 1994. On December 1, 1997, World AIDS Day, the foundation she helped build officially changed its name to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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  • Originally Created by: Sue Modolo
  • Added: 3 Aug 2004
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