Life Don't Have To End
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"Life Don't Have To End." is a compilation of stories, images, and wisdom from HIV positive men and women. Over a two-year period, more than 60 courageous individuals from the JACQUES Initiative of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine dictated their personal life stories to Cricket Barrazotto, a friend to the JACQUES Initiative and photographer, for the purpose of compiling a book. These contributors wanted their voices and stories to be inspirational to others. The book speaks to the resiliency of the human spirit and body. Readers are exposed to tragedy and triumph as they share in the intimate journeys of the book's contributors.
Additionally, Ms. Barrazotto spent a year teaching photography to several of the book's contributors. It is the clients' photographic imagery that illustrates the book.
Author Bio: Cricket Barrazotto and her husband live in Towson, Maryland. She is the founder and director of God's Economy, a non-profit organization working with HIV/AIDS in Africa. An accomplished photographer, Cricket's photography serves to educate people about issues of justice and mercy. She uses proceeds from the sale of her images to fund village transformation in its many forms.
Cricket has had photo exhibitions at numerous churches in Maryland, Lutheran World Relief, The Three Arts Club, and the Jacques Initiative, an HIV/AIDS clinic of the University of Maryland Institute of Virology of the University of Maryland School of medicine. Her work was also showcased at a Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's World AIDS Day Memorial at the Lyric Theater. She received a citation from Maryland's Governor for her photographic contributions to "A Diary of Journeys, Volume III", an anthology of poetry funded by the Center for Disease Control and the Maryland AIDS Administration. Her photography was included in FOTO DC's Uncover series.
For several years she has been a volunteer and an invited member of an HIV Support Group at the JACQUES Initiative. "Life Don't Have To End." brings together Cricket's interest in photography and her commitment to be an agent of blessing and change for those who are infected and affected by HIV.
She is the mother of three adult sons, has one daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Her abiding faith is the core of all that she undertakes.
Keywords: HIV, AIDS, Hope, Addiction, Faith, Inspiration, Urban, Stories, Photography, Support, Maryland, Baltimore, HIV/AIDS, Life, Death, Living