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Myrtle Beach to Celebrate World AIDS Day – The AIDS Memorial Quilt Now on Display

Myrtle Beach, SC–The Grand Strand will participate in World AIDS Day, on December 1, with a vigil held at 5:00 p.m. on the Boardwalk. The event takes place adjacent to the Skywheel, which will be turned red especially for the occasion.

In addition, panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed November 21 – December 2 at Coastal Grand Mall between the entrance to Sears and J. C. Penney. Both the vigil and the quilt display are free.

“This is a time to honor those individuals who have died from complications from AIDS, comfort their loved ones and celebrate the advancements that have been made in the treatment of AIDS/HIV,” said Johanna Haynes, Executive Director and CEO of Careteam+

We are extremely proud that Myrtle Beach has once again been designated to receive panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  The Quilt has now grown to include almost 50,0000 memorial panels commemorating the lives of those who have died of complications from AIDS.  Panels are made by friends, lovers and family members and tell a powerful story.  Most panels are accompanied by letters, biographies and photos, all of which speak to the experience of life in the age of AIDS, and document the effect on those lost and those left behind. These “documentary” materials, when combined with the Quilt panel images, make a rich tapestry of information – a legacy to future generations.

Because of its size, the quilt is no longer displayed in its entirety but panels are shared with communities throughout the country to help honor those whose lives have been lost and to educate against HIV/AIDS. 

“While we never know what panels we will receive–new ones are added on a regular basis–we do know that we will receive panels honoring the lives of individuals who have been part of our community,” said Johanna Haynes. “You often 

see family members and loved ones standing near ‘their’ panel paying tribute to someone they love,” she said. 

The quilt, displayed for the first time in 1996 filled the entire National MalI in Washington DC. Because of its growth, it has not been displayed in its entirety since that time. “Seeing the quilt, or even panels of the quilt, is an extremely powerful and emotional experience,” said Haynes.

The Quilt, nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, remains the largest community art project in the world. It has been the subject of countless books, films, scholarly papers, articles, and theatrical, artistic and musical performances, including “Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt” which won the Academy Award as the best feature-length documentary film of 1989.

Those who would like to make a quilt panel for someone they know are encouraged to do so. Directions for completing the panel may be found at  Panels may be dropped off at the Careteam+ office by Monday, November 28.

About Careteam+

Careteam+ is a non-profit 501(c) 3 established in 1993 to serve the needs of Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties by empowering those impacted by chronic diseases through prevention, education, treatment and support. Most insurances are accepted and the uninsured are treated on a sliding fee schedule.

To learn more visit or call 843-236-9000.

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