Part One of Emily Scarlett’s series updating Robb’s Life 20 years later was broadcast last night on WHBF Local 4 News in Rock Island, Illinois, the station where the series originally ran 20 years ago.
The purposes of bringing the original series back on this blog in “real time” this year is to honor Robb’s legacy, continue his mission to educate people about how to avoid HIV, and to raise funds for the cause that was his focus during the last months of his life — the DeLaCerda House, which provides housing and support for homeless HIV and AIDS clients in the Quad Cities.
Click this link to see part 1 of Emily Scarlett’s series. Part 2 airs tonight at 10 on WHBF, featuring Robb’s doctor, Dr. Louis Katz, who talks about Robb’s impact and the AIDS situation 20 years later.
You can donate to the DeLaCerda House by clicking this link and then clicking the “Donate” button on the right side of the page.
Robb prepares for a scoping procedure in September, 1995.
In early September, 1995, Robb Dussliere was in continuous pain from a throat infection. He was also running a fever.
Dr. Louis Katz arranged for Robb to go to Genesis for a scoping procedure.
It was obvious that Robb’s health had declined in the five months since we began our series. His eyes have the appearance of someone who is ill, and it appears he has lost weight. But he continues to push on, meeting everything with a matter-of-fact attitude.
I was surprised and grateful for the unusual access I was given with my camcorder in the hospital.
Donate to the DeLaCerda House and help keep Robb’s legacy alive. Please donate a few dollars to help support homeless HIV and AIDS clients in the Quad Cities. Go to www.delacerdahouseinc.org and click on the “Donate” button on the right side of the page. On behalf of Robb, thank you.
In May of 1995, as new cases of HIV and AIDS were being reported daily, and as more and more people were dying from the disease, researchers and drug companies were frantically looking for an AIDS cure, or at least a way to reduce the amount of HIV found in the body. The goal was to slow down or reduce the amount of damage to the immune system.
One of the drugs being tested at that time was called “3TC.”
Robb returned to Genesis Medical Center, where Dr. Katz was helping to sign him up for a drug trial with 3TC.
Please donate to the DeLaCerda House and keep Robb’s mission alive, helping HIV and AIDS patients who find themselves homeless. Follow this link and click on the Donate button on the right side of the page.