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April 14, 2016: Special Edition

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Special Edition: April 14, 2016
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April 14, 2016

Melanie Thompson
With great sadness, I want to be sure that this community knows that we lost Jacque Muther, one of our most fierce advocates, this morning. Jacque was an integral part of our HIV/AIDS community into 3 decades, and her passion touched the lives of thousands living with HIV through her work with the Grady IDP, but also hundreds of thousands through her national Ryan White advocacy and leadership. Children and adolescents were closest to her heart, and could not have had a stronger fighter speaking for their concerns.

In addition to her family, she was dearly loved by many, but especially her Grady family, her Ryan White family, and her HIV advocacy family. We hold all of the families close to our hearts today, and wrap you in love.

Personally, I am grateful to have known her for over 20 years. She was a tremendous inspiration to me. I will miss her wit and wisdom, always so perfectly interlaced together. I write this from a plane to DC, and I am feeling her spirit beside me. She changed hearts and minds with her frequent visits to the Hill. I learned today from David Reznik that her hero, Rep. John Lewis called her this week. That speaks volumes about them both.

Rest in peace, Jacque. Job well done, life well lived.

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In the beginning ... Jacque worked with Andy Nahmias for 35 years, during which HIV appeared and began threatening the children she spent her life helping to protect. In response, Jacque and Raymond Schinazi drafted Emory's first ever NIH grant in AIDS (A. Nahmias, PI) in 1986, starting a tradition of AIDS research at Emory that eventually led to the invention of 3TC/FTC, the advent of the CFAR, and >$50,000,000 in NIH funding for HIV research at Emory in 2015 alone. Jacque, Sam Thompson, David Reznik, and a small but hardy band of others also started what has now become the world-renowned Ponce de Leon Center.

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Wendy Armstrong and David Reznik
Although we are saddened by our loss, please focus on all of Jacque's remarkable accomplishments. In short, Jacque's efforts for the Ponce Center, locally in Atlanta and nationally were instrumental to advocating for our patients and many feel that she saved more patients' lives for more years than anyone else in Georgia. Her efforts at the Ponce Center kept us together and funded as a program, bringing millions upon millions of dollars to IDP.

Never happier than when she was with children, it is due to Jacque's passion and strength of will that our Pediatric program became a part of the Ponce Center. She was also key to ensuring that Ryan White funds were available not only to Atlanta, but across all parts of the United States!

A true hero in every sense of the word, Jacque was honored by the CAEAR Coalition for her lifetime of service just last year.

David and Wendy

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Memorial Service
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
North Decatur Presbyterian Church
611 Medlock Rd, Decatur

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