On TokyoMango, I rarely write about what I do other than find Japanese oddities to share with you. But today I want to share the story of Vinny, a man who lives at an AIDS hospice that I have been volunteering at for the last year and a half. Vinny is dying of cancer and AIDS and doesn’t have that much time left in this world. I am honored that he chose to share a significant amount of time with me over the last few months. Every time I see him now, it’s really sad because he is getting sicker and sicker. I’m watching him die. Please read his story, buy his book, or donate to Maitri. This means a lot to me.
I’m a volunteer at Maitri, the only remaining AIDS hospice in San Francisco. Once a week, I hang out with its 15 residents, run errands for them, and — sometimes — sit at their bedsides as they go through the process of dying. I do it because I like to face my fears, and death is the one thing that I fear the most.
The Last Hospice on Boing Boing