Corporate Hero – NIKE
decades, NIKE has helped sustain Cascade AIDS Project as a funder, ally and
staunch supporter in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Their leadership and
creativity have made them a corporate example of what can be accomplished through
donation of over $750,000 in the last 20 years is evidence of their passionate
commitment to the community and making a mark on this disease. For CAP, NIKE
has been a long-term sponsor of events, donated large amounts of their products,
organized numerous fundraising teams, volunteered hundreds of hours, had CAP
staff speak on the NIKE campus and had staff on CAP’s Board of Directors. They
are a major component of AIDS Walk Portland, donating all of the walk shirts
and prizes, as well as having some of the top fundraising teams each year.
Goman, NIKE’s Senior Director Product
Presentation North America and one of the visionaries behind the #BETRUE brand,
currently serves on the CAP Board of Directors.
Individual Hero – Kevin Cook
years, Kevin Cook—also known as the luminary Poison Waters—has followed his two
passions of volunteering and entertaining, successfully finding a balance
between work and play and inspiring the community around him. His commitment to
Cascade AIDS Project as a volunteer for the last 26 years is a true inspiration
and example of what one person can do to impact the world around him.
Kevin started volunteering for CAP in the Personal Active Listener program.
Since then he has gone on to serve on numerous committees and boards of CAP and
The Men’s Wellness Center, now Pivot. In 2014, Kevin attended his 14th
session of regional summer camp for HIV/AIDS affected children, first with
Women’s Intercommunity AIDS Resource and now with CAP, and has been honored by
the Coalition for AIDS Education, the International Court System and CAP for
his volunteer hours. He’s now the Camp KC director and is the captain of the
Camp KC walk team.
has been a donor since 1996 and has given over 2,260 hours of his time to CAP.
He has served on the Board of Directors and currently serves on the Development
Research Hero – Dr. Louis Picker
Louis J. Picker is a vaccine expert changing the face of HIV/AIDS research. For
almost 10 years, Dr. Picker and his team at Oregon Health & Science
University have been working on a promising vaccine for an effective treatment
of HIV/AIDS. His approach works to eliminate the virus entirely from the
system, an effect that no other AIDS treatment vaccine has shown before.
effect is a renewed hope in a field that has collectively been working long and
hard on a cure for this disease. Dr. Picker’s promising work was awarded a $25
million grant from the Gates Foundation. The grant is one of the largest ever
received by OHSU.