St. Christopher's Hospital recognizes AIDS Education Month with quilt

Hadas Kuznits
June 06, 2018 - 6:03 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Three sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children during the month of June for AIDS Education Month.

"Each of the panels represent somebody who's been lost to the epidemic," said Robb Reichert, executive director of the AIDS Fund. "And those panels are made by friends or family members to memorialize their loved ones."

Reichert said the quilt as a work of art is a great tool for AIDS education.

"We take the quilt to colleges, universities, community events, to churches," he said, "and it allows us to both memorialize our loved ones but also start the conversation about where we are with the epidemic today."

Clint Steib, prevention service manager at the hospital, said creating a panel for his cousin who died from AIDS was cathartic.

"I can speak for myself, and I'm sure many others felt the same way, to show that their life and death was not in vain," he said. "It's a living memorial of their life here on Earth."

While these three panels are being shown at the hospital, every so often all of the panels are displayed in Washington, D.C.

"It's a powerful testimony to the work that needs to be done still for HIV," he added.