Cecilia Rosso Conquest and her husband Lawrence

Cecilia Rosso Conquest and her husband Lawrence, 1986. Photograph by Judi Iranyi

Cecilia was a Practical support volunteer in the late 1980s at Shanti and AIDS touched her life through her working relationship and friendship with Mark Wood, Bobby Reynolds’ lover who would pass away from AIDS in 1986.When Mark was in the hospital before he died Cecilia would often visit him and when Bobby was there she would chat with him and he would tell her about his work at Shanti. “Listening to him I realized how deeply human it is to make yourself available to someone that needs help.”

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