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Rest In Peace, Spencer Cox

This week, the battle against HIV and AIDS took a major hit when activist Patrick “Spencer” Cox, passed away. Cox, 44, died of an AIDS-related illness in Manhattan.  He discovered he was HIV positive when he moved to New York in his 20s, causing him to shift his focus as an aspiring playwright and actor to fighting the deadly disease.

A voice for others

For nearly 25 years, Cox was a voice for those who suffered from the disease. At age 20 he joined the AIDS Coalition to Unlease Power, or ACT Up, an organization the works to get government and private institutions to do more for AIDS research, treatment, and prevention. He was part of the group that started Treatment Action Group, or TAG, that helps advancements in treatment.

The research Cox did, and his constant fight to create a better world for AIDS victims, drew the attention of his peers.

“He wanted the facts and was always very meticulous about getting good data rather than just screaming for getting something approved. It’s a great loss. He was part of a historic group of people,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (source).

“He saved the lives of millions, but he couldn’t save his own,” said Mr. Mark Harrington, the executive director of TAG.

Why Cox is an inspiration

Rather than sit and suffer in his own affliction, Cox dedicated his life to making things better for those with HIV or AIDS. And all the way to the end, Cox didn’t know what the future held, but he knew he had to live his life to the fullest.

“You keep going. You keep evolving. You keep progressing. You keep hoping until you die, which is going to happen some day. You make your life as meaningful as you can make it.” – Spencer Cox (source) 

Our hope is to one day see a world without AIDS. But until we get there, we’re on a mission to offer rapid HIV testing to prevent this virus from progressing into the deadly disease.




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  1. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club of Lawrence on January 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I don’t recall hearing of this fellow until now, but it sounds like he did great things to help with the advancement in research of treating HIV and AIDS. We should all live like we are going to die tomorrow.

  2. Comment by Rizzen LLC on January 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    It’s sad to see such an advocate go. I hope his friends are going to carry on his research.

  3. Comment by All Star Heating, Cooling & Plumbing on January 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    This sounds like a sad loss for the fight against HIV/AIDS. I hope that his work does not go in vain

  4. Comment by Gift Wrapped Catering on January 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Such a tremendous loss in the community.

  5. Comment by Full Voice on January 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Definitely an inspiration story. He seemed like a great voice for those suffering and that he must have touched many people for the better

  6. Comment by American Duct Cleaning on January 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Such a moving story. I’m sure his sacrifices will pay off

  7. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Woodbridge on January 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    It’s amazing to see how many people he’s saved with his research. I hope he will be remembered for his contributions

  8. Comment by Pin Oak Hill on January 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    It’s sad to hear about his death when he accomplished so much, but it looks like he’ll be remembered by many as a hero

  9. Comment by The TIL Show on January 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Very inspirational quote from him. Hopefully he was able to fulfill exactly what he believed before he passed

  10. Comment by FirsTrust Mortgage on January 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    It’s amazing how some people, when faced with difficulty in life, can pick themselves up and do something even greater than they would imagine. What a huge loss

  11. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Kansas City on January 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Thoughts to his family and friends dealing with his loss.

  12. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Dayton on January 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    We should all try to be more like Spencer Cox and make things better for those who are suffering. Good post!

  13. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Jacksonville on January 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    44 is such a young age to die at, but he lived with the disease for a really long time and made a big difference in helping to fight the disease.

  14. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Lafayette on January 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    He lived with the disease for a really long time, a great inspiration to all who are fighting the disease.

  15. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Cooper City on January 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Such an amazing feat for such a young man. To battle with the disease for so long, but to never lose hope, and to continue to be others source for inspiration! Truly amazing.

  16. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Cuyahoga Falls on January 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    This is sad. I hope others step into his shoes and help fight for the cause the same way he did.

  17. Comment by Educators Credit Union of Elkhorn on January 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    That really is all you can do, live your life to the fullest. Because you are afflicted with something doesn’t mean you should stop living and wait to die.

  18. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club of Tampa on January 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    What a shame that he passed away. He did some great things for the cause against AIDS.

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  20. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Greenville SC on January 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    He helped many people with his activist work. His ideals will carry on.

  21. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Irving on January 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Such a tragedy to hear about his death. Knowing that he was such inspiration for others, even in his time of despair, is great to read about. I hope that others get a chance to read more about the life of such a truly great individual.

  22. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club of Tampa on January 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    It’s a shame that he died. His memory will be honored by the good that he did while he was with us. Thanks Spencer!

  23. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Chattanooga on January 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Such a tragic story, about a true inspiration. Spencer served as a true reminder that it’s never too late to make a difference in a life. We hope this story carries on for a long, long time.

  24. Comment by Title Boxing Club of Liberty on January 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Now that he is gone, someone else needs to step up and take the role he held in the fight.

  25. Comment by Patio Enclosures KC on January 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I hope that he can continue to be an inspiration to all he has met in his life.

  26. Comment by Conveniently Natural on January 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    To join that group at only 20 years old speaks a lot to his character. Most 20 year old’s would not associate themselves with groups like that because of the social stigma we have in our country related to HIV and AIDS.

  27. Comment by Arcpoint Greenville NC on January 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    It’s amazing to see someone facing such a challenging situation and keeping hope.

  28. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Tempe on January 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I hope that someone will step up and continue on with the work that Spencer was accomplishing for the movement.

  29. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Florence on January 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    It’s great to see people like this stepping up and taking action. Agree completely about the negative outlook of people suffering under these conditions. Glad to see that there are still good people out there trying to do the right thing, and make a difference in the communities.

  30. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Fort Lauderdale on January 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Agreed, that he had unbelievable character and strength. Doing everything that he did, for as long as he could, shows a lot about this truly remarkable man. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

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