Welcome to Jan Henson & Peg Slater's Page
Nearly 20 years ago, Jan found out her youngest brother had AIDS. He’d had it for several years before he told us– and probably wouldn’t have told us then except he’d been admitted to the hospital and was scared. You can’t possibly imagine how this affected us… We loved him so much and this was devastating news. Although it was the mid 90’s, we didn’t know much about the disease – except that mortality rates had been rising steadily. By 1997 AIDS had taken nearly 300,000 lives in the U.S. alone - including a few we’d known, as well as many celebrities. We became scared for him and wanted more than anything to make it go away.
After we moved to the Kansas City area, Peg’s co-workers formed a team for the 2006 AIDS Walk. This was our first walk… and this is when our passion for the AIDS Walk began. THIS was a way we could help to make a difference. Four years later, J.P. lost his life… and this is when our passion turned into a mission. We began carrying a banner each year in his memory.
There are too many banners – and there are still too many people impacted by HIV/AIDS that continue to need our help. Please help by donating to our fundraising page. Any amount would be appreciated… and it will help provide transportation, food, shelter, medical care and counseling for those impacted as well as education & prevention to help avoid further infections. Thank you in advance.
When you watch the video below (only 1-1/2 minutes) which was from last year's walk, please note that at the 1:23 mark, there is a picture of my brother (red shirt). I wasn't aware his image would be in the video - and it really took me aback (in a good way).
Also - I've added quite a few pics - so please scroll down thru them (when you click on a pic it will put it in the large frame to the left.)