In 1994 Susan lost her brother to AIDS. During her brother’s illness, Susan, her parents, and her sister met so many people, who were dying of AIDS-related illnesses, in the hospice facility where her brother was receiving care. Susan and her family were heartbroken over the number of people that had no one come to visit or care for them. After her brother’s death, Susan’s pastor referred her to Betty Rushford and COL. She began volunteering and soon was asked to join the Board of Directors. When the director of the ministry moved away in 2001, the board asked Susan to serve as an interim director. Susan knows firsthand the stigma that, unfortunately for some, still exists surrounding HIV. She is so thankful for all the dear friends she has come to know and love through the ministry. She is thankful for Betty Rushford’s bravery and the vision she was given to start COL more than 30 years ago!