When Jeff Cook’s former employer stopped his retirement and benefits,” Legal Hospice of Texas stepped in and “the former employer was required to make all back payments for lost pay and Jeff maintains his retirement pay through today.”
But Jeff isn’t the only one to experience the difference that Legal Hospice has made in the lives of those individuals with terminal illness or HIV disease.
It was back in the 1980s when AIDS was decimating the world. In addition to dealing with the deadly disease, victims were also confronted with “insurance companies avoiding coverage of person living in certain ZIP codes. There was no ‘right’ to accommodations for individuals with disabilities, and people summarily lost their places of employment or where they lived simply because of the perception that they might be carrying HIV.”
It was at that time that “Conference of the Professions” was co-sponsored by the SMU Schools of Law and Theology, the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School and the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas County Medical Society.
From that 1988 conference, Thomas Mayo and Louis Weber created the foundation that would become Legal Hospice of Texas.
Since 1989, Legal Hospice “has been providing timely and compassionate legal services, at no cost, for low-income individuals with terminal illnesses or HIV disease.”
To pay back for making a life-changing differences in their lives, Jeff’s husband/designer Francisco Flores launched FashionCited in the summer of 2006 for “giving him his life back.”
This year Francisco and designer Cathy Garcia have arranged for the fundraiser to take place on Saturday, April 13, at Sixty Five Hundred with fashions from Keyla Garrido, Kara Lackey, Bladi Duran, MisaVita, Kyle Hermesch, Jake Rosenhoover, Haggar, Yomono, Huseman Design, Black Tux, Silks Threads by Ruby Bhandari, Solodky, Entro and, of course, Francisco and Cathy.
With a theme of “A Style Event — Seasons of Love,” Francisco and Cathy have arranged for U.S. Representative Colin Allred to serve as honorary chair and Bachelorette’s Jack Stone to be emcee.
Tickets are still available here.
* Graphic courtesy of Legal Hospice of Texas