Josh Gomes was a man with a plan. He had drive. He had passion. He had hope for the future.


Josh also had hemophilia and AIDS.


When the immune disease took his life at age 21, Josh was working toward a double degree in pre-medicine and pre-law at the University of Denver. The fact that Josh was continuing his education didn't surprise those who knew him well, but it may have surprised the physicians who gave him little hope of surviving childhood.


Today, miracle drugs are extending the lives of children who have HIV/AIDS, allowing these kids to grow up to be productive members of our community.

 

Children with HIV/AIDS can make it, just like any other kid, if they have the right medical care, supportive friends and family ... and most of all, hope.

 

Josh, who was valedictorian of his 1997 high school class, felt strongly about going to college despite the "death sentence" his doctors had given him every year of his life. Learning was one of his core values: to stop learning was to truly die. The thought of college gave him a strong sense of hope for a fulfilling future.


But when he began looking for college funding, he found that many scholarships created in tribute to children with hemophilia who died from AIDS often went to those who weren't HIV positive. He believed that action spoke loudly:

 

You may die, so we won't invest.

 

The Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund aims to lay a path for hope for young adults like Josh-those with HIV/AIDS-by providing academic scholarships to universities of their choice.

 

We hope to allow Josh's love for learning and community service to continue through other young adults who also exhibit these qualities.

 

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