Ray Richmond is a veteran entertainment journalist who has worked for Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times and Deadline Hollywood, but he may have just written his most important story for the Glendale News-Press.
Richmond’s brother, Len, is fighting a battle with AIDS in Santa Monica. On Saturday, Richmond penned a touching tribute to his older sibling, who was diagnosed with full-blown AIDS less than a month ago.
Short but effective, the powerful column hits home for anyone who has ever had to watch a loved one suffer, and serves as a reminder of how precious life is.
“How did this happen to me?” Len asks, his body failing him, his eyes uncomprehending.
I have no answers. But I still have plenty of hope. So does his doctor. So does Len. Because we know that AIDS need not be a death sentence any longer.
It’s amazing how quickly and completely those past resentments disappear when you see someone you care so deeply about gripped by such monumentally debilitating disease and despair.
I never told Len how much I loved him before. Lately, I tell him every day.”
Read Richmond’s full column at Glendale News-Press, where you can learn how to contact the longtime reporter and show your support.
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