In 1984, Ohio and the nation were dealing with a new “cancer” that was causing people to become extremely sick and even die. Under the belief that this “cancer” was affecting only the gay community, the disease was originally called Gay-Related Immune Disease or “GRID”, and then later Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). In response to seeing those they cared about becoming sick and dying, concerned citizens began gathering in living rooms and at kitchen tables to mobilize the community around this disease. These grassroots calls to actions would be repeated many times in communities across Ohio. As a result, the Dayton Area AIDS Task Force, AIDS Foundation Dayton, No One’s Victory Alone, David’s House Compassion and a handful of other AIDS service organizations in our region were born. And over the course of 25 years, these groups joined efforts in order to better meet the collective needs of their communities and eventually formed AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio). Now providing services in all or part of 40 Ohio counties and with offices in Dayton, Toledo, Lima and Mansfield, ARC Ohio is geographically the largest AIDS Services organization in Ohio today.