Kathleen M. Gerus-Darbison
Director, STITCHES Doll Project
On the web: www.stitchesdollproject.org
Full color photograph with digital camera
She symbolizes all the important things and people who have made her what she is today.
She is naked, vulnerable. Except for the ever-present BIOHAZARD.
The wild, colorful hair represents her many moods, fears and feelings.
Her mouth speaks of AIDS Awareness.
Around her neck and shoulders are the people who love, support and nurture her.
In her arms she holds her daughter who has witnessed everything.
She is bound and tied by events of the past and present.
The bed signifies the place where HIV entered her life.
The red box is filled with her husband’s ashes and bloodstone speaks of his hemophilia.
The mirror symbolizes the reflection of society.
Name: Kathleen Gerus-Darbison
Birth date: December 7, 1957
HIV Diagnosis: December 8, 1985
AIDS Diagnosis: February, 1993
Kathy is a white, suburban woman from Metro Detroit. She is a Mother, Widow, Daughter, Aunt, Sister,
New Wife, and AIDS Activist and Educator.