“I was at home on Monday morning carrying on as usual when this gentleman walked up to my house, introduced himself as Herman Bane, requesting donations. I hadn’t planned on this. He explained to me that he was collecting donations to buy medication in Guatemala, and that he was living with AIDS,” explained Mrs. Ellis.
It occurred to her to ask Mr. Bane if he was interested in presenting to her class and he accepted. Mr. Bane has been living with HIV/AIDS for 13 years. His presentation is a personal testimony of his experiences. He speaks of his childhood, having dreams, the various choices he made that contributed to his being at this point in life, where he is infected and living with the disease. He is the father of a 20 year old young man and is currently travelling cross-country, sharing his story in the hope of promoting abstinence or protection, and tolerance.