Fred Says Gives $50,000 to HIV+ Youth Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The foundation will be making their largest gift ever, including $10,000 impact grants to organizations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York city. (Chicago, IL) – Fred Says, a non-profit organization that raises money to support HIV+ youth and at-risk populations, will be providing its largest donations to date. This year, the foundation will be gifting […]

Robert Garofalo Named One of 16 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2016

We’re excited to share that our founder Robert Garofalo was named one of 16 HIV Advocates to Watch for 2016 by HIV Plus Magazine. We are so honored to have our organization mentioned alongside a list of truly inspiring activists from around the world. Here’s what writer and HIV activist Mark S. King, who compiles the list annually, had to say about […]

How This Dog Saved His Friend’s Life

If you’ve ever seen the 1993 film Homeward Bound and, like me, balled their eyes out at the end when the Golden Retriever fell into a ditch and almost didn’t make it home, you will find this real-life story out of Vashon, Washington equally — if not more — moving. A few weeks ago, a […]

Chicago Charity Turns Neglected Pit Bulls into Mentors

  Breaking the cycle of abuse is one of the greatest challenges for social workers and psychologists. But a new program set forth by Blackhawks player Bryan Bickell and wife Amanda is taking an unconventional approach — employing pit bulls. The Bickells’ program Paws for Strength pairs kids at Chicago’s Hephzibah House — a home […]

We’re Coming to Atlanta!

This weekend, we’re headed to Atlanta to shoot the final installment of When Dogs Heal. Out of U.S. cities, Atlanta has the fifth-highest rate of new HIV diagnoses, according to the Center for Disease Control. While other HIV hot spots, like New York and Washington D.C., have pushed for more aggressive testing initiatives, there is still […]

These Norwegian Dog Owners Drove Through 8 Countries to Save Their Dog’s Life

The Internet is flooded with incredible, moving stories about dogs who’ve run into burning buildings and gone to similar lengths to save the lives of their owners. In a recent story, Cathrine Sørlie and Nils Christian Nordahl of Norway did the same in return for their dog. The Norwegian couple made the trip from Oslo […]

HIV Won’t Kill You, But the Stigma Might

NPR recently interviewed two men living with HIV about the stigma surrounding the virus. Mark King — who was diagnosed HIV+ in 1985, when it was still a death sentence — says he believes that as medications have improved, and as the lives of those of us with HIV have improved, social stigma surrounding the […]

Welcome to the New Fred Says Website

Hey everyone! Thanks so much for your love and support of Fred Says over the years. We have been through so many changes and have worked so hard since we launched in 2011 to bring the love of Fred to you, and use this tool as a way to help HIV+ adolescents. As we continue […]