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Chenango County

AIDS Community Resources, Inc.

CCACR c/o John Carrington - 89 Bear Swamp Road - Chenango Forks, NY 13746

(607) 648-8364 (ask for John)

This site is dedicated to the memory of David, Oxford, NY--Don, Norwich, NY --Gene, Binghamton,NY--Tim, Binghamton, NY--Angela, Norwich, NY--Lynda, Binghamton, NY -- and my good friend Donna who died in 2006

Chenango County is located in upstate New York between Binghamton and Utica. It is rural in nature with 8,000 of its 52,000 people located in the county seat, the City of Norwich.

A nurse from the Chenango County Memorial Hospital in Norwich formed the Chenango County AIDS Task Force (later to be renamed Chenango County AIDS Community Resources, Inc.) to provide a way for the community to join forces and begin the fight locally to help in the struggle to end HIV/AIDS.

Soon Angela Soro, PLWA, joined in and organized the first World AIDS Day walk in the county.

Angela died of complications caused by AIDS in 1994.

At the time of her death, Angela's best friend was Donna Astrologo, PLWA. Some of Donna's poems follow throughout this site.

A PLACE TO GO by Donna A.

I wish there was a place to go to
When you don't want to be here in this sad world.
A place that is safe with no demands on you.
A new place to explore....
A place to go.

The Chenango County AIDS Community Resources (CCACR) is a Domestic (not for profit) corporation Type B founded under the laws of New York State. The CCACR is staffed entirely by volunteers. These unpaid heroes direct business meetings, facilitate the support group, provide transportation for clients, speak publicly and generally help their infected brothers and sisters as do most members of the AIDS/HIV community.The CCACR is funded by donations and fund raisers. An annual bake sale and car wash organized in early summer provide most of the yearly income. An occassional donation from the community helps as well.

World AIDS Day on December 1 each year since 1991 is celebrated in Norwich, NY to raise awarness of the AIDS/HIV pandemic and to involve the community. A parade of marchers is formed and silently with flickering candles they walk down the main street of Norwich to Chenango County's historic courthouse. Young people play a key roll in the program that follows the march. They and others read the ever increasing list of names of those who have died of HIV/AIDS over the years. A symbolic red ribbon is placed on an evergreen tree and a bell is tolled as each name is read.



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