My Dream To Trample Aids: Local author Don Carrel speaks about his faith and living with HIV

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City man living with HIV is sharing his story about living with the disease and how faith saved his life.

Doctors diagnosed Don Carrel with HIV in 1981. While in the hospital, he had a dream he was going to survive.

"In my dream, I was basically told 'Sorry Don, you are not going to die because you're going to go out and talk to high school students and teach them what they need to know so they don't get HIV,'" Carrel said.

He even self-published his book, "My Dream To Trample Aids."

Carrel will give a presentation Wednesday night that focuses on his faith.

"Because there's no real reason I should be here," he said. "Less than 2 percent of the people who got HIV in 1981 are still alive."

Carrel's presentation starts at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection Downtown at 1522 McGee.

It's free and open to the public.

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