World Survivor Day: August 1

World Survivor Day, celebrated on August 1, was founded by long-term survivor Christopher Costas. The awareness day was created “to celebrate the history and the message of Hope [cultivated] by those all around the world who have survived the daily attacks of the virus,” according to Costas. “The first celebration of World Survivor Day will be held in the hearts and words of everyone around the world.” World Survivor Day also honors those individuals who have lost their lives in the fight. The complete truth of the more-than-four-decades epidemic must be documented and told.

The first celebration of World Survivor Day will be held in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, at the MCC Church of Rehoboth, 19369 Plantation Road, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. If you would like to share your own History of Hope at the first celebration of “lives unexpected,” contact the organizers so your story can be included in the program.

For more information and if you are interested in participating, email Christopher Costas at [email protected]. On social media, look for and use the hashtags: #HaveHopeSurvive and #HeroesforHope. Also, join in on Facebook ( and Twitter.