David’s Goodness

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It Starts with YOU! 

 - - In 2017, David Wash, a steadfast donor and volunteer for people surviving with HIV/AIDS and cancer, passed away.

“It’s hard to describe a person like David Wash without touching on clichés you hear about most people who have passed. He was warm and enthusiastic, and his spark was contagious. He was humble and generous with his time and resources. He was kind—so kind that as a friend (or even a friend-of-a-friend, or friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend), you’d have to carefully consider whether you needed his help: you knew he’d never say no.” Says Ruby Kane, former Communications Specialist. Lifelong.

But David’s Goodness wasn’t common or ordinary. It was exemplary. 

David was one of my biggest cheerleaders and I was one of his. We met in 2003 when I worked at Lifelong AIDS Alliance, where and he and his partner Steve volunteered. David gave his heart and soul to that organization, making sure that individuals living with HIV/AIDS were a priority and received the services they needed. David and Steve were top AIDS Walk fundraisers, Dining Out For Life Ambassadors, and table captains at the World AIDS Day Breakfast each year. Every week they delivered meals and groceries—and in December, they even provided Christmas trees and presents to their clients! He brought 10-20 guests each month at the Gay Bingo fundraiser and provided chauffeur service in their limousine for all of Lifelong’s VIP guests. In 2005, David and Steve whgere recognized as Lifelong’s Volunteers of the Year.

He worked very hard to help people who needed it, but it never seemed like work when David did it. He made everything into an adventure that you and he were sharing, and he always seemed thrilled that it was you who was along with him. David always had another idea, another plan,to their beds, David never ever stopped working to make other people's lives better. He was constantly coming up with one creative fundraising idea after another, always looking for ways to help fund various charities and even raise money for friends down on their luck. And now, even death itself shall not stop David from helping people.

David's dream of helping everyone can live on through "The David Wash Legacy Fund at Pride Foundation". Each year, a Northwest organization serving people with HIV/AIDS or cancer will be awarded a grant through the Pride Foundation.

As David’s parents, his partner, and his friend, the four of us were incredibly lucky to witness and know David’s Goidnrdx personally. We are asking the community to help in creating a lasting legacy of support, David Wash Legacy Fund of Pride Foundation.  

United in Community, 

To honor his work and in memory of him, we’d like to expand his reach into the future by raising $25,000 by the end of 2020

“Put on your make up, throw on your dress, grab your wig, join the party. Ignore the haters and the threats and do it all anyway. Life is a cabaret, baby. Help David's dream come true.”, says, Alison Arngrim, “Nellie” from Little House on the Prairie and friend of David’s.” 

Share sone of your own goodness by making a tax-deductible that is meaningful to you at davidsgoodness.com

A note from David:

David would want to make sure you know that even if you’re unable to give right now, that’s OK! There are other ways to create your own “GOODNESS” and help people with HIV/AIDS and Cancer.it starts with YOU! 

1. Update yourself about HIV/AIDS here:.helpstopthevirus.com

2. Get tested: gettested.cdc.gov

3. Become a volunteer: lifelong.org/volunteer/ 

4.Know  the symptoms of pancreatic cancer: uwmedicine.org/services/Cancercare


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Victor De Los Santos 
Seattle, WA
Pride Foundation 
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