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StoryCorps: A friendship cemented during the AIDS crisis

Michelle Francis and Marcy Fraser

Marcy Fraser and Michelle Francis worked together in hospice care in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1988. Just after the decade came to a close, around 5,000 San Franciscans had died from the disease. Together, the pair look back on their experiences during that time and the moment their friendship was cemented for life.



MICHELLE FRANCIS: We just stood there until he took his last breath and it wasn't until that moment I realized the last breath is an exhalation. And it's the other half of an inhalation that happens when people were born.

Click the audio player above to hear the story. This piece was facilitated by Yosmay del Mazo.

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