Petition update

Apology and retraction :(

Morenike Giwa Onaiwu
Houston, TX

Jul 28, 2014 — Dear friends,

They say that it takes a lot of courage to admit that you made a mistake; I hope that's true, because I made a huge mistake, but I don't feel courageous at all...I feel sick. But it needs to be done. So here goes.

Yesterday I posted (in a million places on the internet) a victory statement declaring that Ryan White Part D was safe for the 2015 fiscal year. I have since learned that this is not the case; no final decisions have been made surrounding Part D, and there are still a few steps before the federal budget is approved.

Early this morning, I discovered my error. But by then, I had already notified many of you (because I was so happy). Now I have the unpleasant task of having to retract my words.

I sincerely apologize for the confusion. I pride myself on my honesty and my ethics, and it pains me deeply to have mislead anyone, even unintentionally.

I will continue to advocate for this program, as it is an important one that has personally impacted my life and that of my family. I will continue to lend my support to advocacy efforts so that Ryan White Part D will indeed be saved - for real this time. I do believe that the "odds are in our favor" and that most likely the program will be secure. I can't wait until we know this as a 100% certainty.

So again, please pardon my faux pas. I hope you all will KEEP UP your advocacy efforts surrounding Part D, as we are so close we can almost touch the victory. Together, let's make it happen!

Sincerely, Morénike