Wednesday, December 1, 2010
World AIDS Day: General Hospital Legacy
Back in the days when GH was at the forefront of sweeping stories, nothing had been on quite like the Stone Cates tale of a young heterosexual man with the HIV Virus. Not only that, he infected his young girlfriend, a major character on the show with the virus as well. His struggle and death was at the heart of one of the most classic of all GH arcs. Michael Sutton won a Daytime Emmy award for his work and appeared in two AIDS related PSAs and educational videos.
Branching out from his death, the popular Nurses' Ball was held every year in his honor. Many fans don't realize it ran from 1994-2001 and showcased some of the best talents on GH. One of my fave numbers was "Jail House Rock" featuring Taggert (Real Andrews), Dara Jenson (Vanita Harbor) and Lucky and Liz Webber. These Balls also gave us a glimpse into the stars other talents besides acting. They were a joy to watch. Unfortunately, because of budget concerns and the move to more block taping, these productions were cut.
Many GHers continue to do charity work for the AIDS cause. Alberta walked with team SCRUBS in the LA AIDS Walkathon last year. This year, Alberta raised $200 with the help of WUBS fans for the LA AIDS Cause. Alberta has also walked in the NYC AIDS charity event.
I dedicate this blog today to my childhood friend Mark who died from complications from the virus in 1988. He was a great guy and is missed so much.
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