Thirty years ago, Roger "Butch" O'Daniel was diagnosed with HIV. His nurse told him to take care of his bills and get things settled because he would most likely only live for another two years.
"I was depressed. I basically gave up," says O'Daniel. After a doctor recommended he visit Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, or TIHAN, a spark of hope was ignited.
"At first it was rides to my doctor appointments and to the grocery store, but now it's like I have a family in them."
O'Daniel's experience is an example of how TIHAN operates, organizing care teams to work with individuals diagnosed with HIV and AIDS, does more than just errand running. In addition to creating bonds with each person the teams host fundraisers in fun and entertaining settings.
TIHAN accepts volunteers, and its next volunteer orientation will be Sept. 15 at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.