By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The Rite Aid Foundation has provided a $5,000 grant to the Portland-based Cascade AIDS project to support Kids’ Connection. The program offers counseling and other support for children who are HIV infected or related to someone who is.
Living with HIV can be a challenge for adults, said Gayle Rife, manager of the Rite Aid Foundation, but it can be overwhelming for children.
“With this donation, The Rite Aid Foundation hopes to make it a little easier for the children, families and their caretakers in the Portland area who are directly affected by HIV,” said Rife.
The not-for-profit foundation, started in July 2001, is dedicated to supporting children’s health and well-being.
For 30 years, the Cascade AIDS Project has worked to help reduce HIV infections and help patients achieve longer lives, stable housing, stronger families and reduced stigma. In 2012, the Kids’
Connection program helped 85 families and 99 children live better with an HIV diagnosis.
The organization also provides counseling, information on how to talk about the disease, diet and exercise planning, and help integrating medical regimens into daily life.
“Through our Kids’ Connection program, we are able to directly strengthen families through open communication about HIV status and deeper connections with people who can help,” said Peter Parisot, director of development and communications for Cascade AIDs Project.
Rite Aid operates more than 50 stores in the greater Portland area, including one at 1814 N.E. 41st Ave. The foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants to more than 1,300 organizations nationwide.