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World AIDS Day

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- People around our area celebrated World AIDS Day today. They are remembering the 40 million people across the world, who are battling AIDS.

Ruby Barnett's son Frederick has been battling HIV and AIDS since he was a teenager. He is now 44 and Ruby says thanks to new medicines her son is doing well. But, she says, the road has not been easy for her son or her family.

She says she has learned a lot by seeing her son triumph and struggle in his battle with AIDS.

Barnett says, "I learned patience and caring. I've also learned to cry a lot. I've also learned that family and friends should stick together because family and friends are gonna help you make it through all this."

At the River of Life Church in Kennewick, Ruby and others gathered to sing and pray for those who are facing AIDS. Candles were also lit in honor of someone living with, or who has died from the illness.

Ruby and others were united under a world AIDS day motto: "Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise."