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San Diego Restaurant Owner Gets Personal With AIDS Fundraiser

Restaurant owner Deborah Helm suddenly became a client of a charity she had supported for years

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Restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life pledge 25 to 100 percent of sales to the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s HIV programs.

For years, Deborah Helm has supported Dining Out for Life, an annual fundraiser for HIV prevention and treatment.

Co-owner of San Diego’s The Mission restaurants, Helm hoped to help others in need.

She never dreamed she’d be helping herself.

Helm consulted a doctor in 2008 for a checkup. Among other things, the physician ordered a blood panel.

“I was not prepared for this to be full-blown AIDS,” Helm said. But it was. When she learned the test results, “it was like the bottom of the room fell out.”


Read more on The San Diego Union-Tribune.