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Elizabeth Taylor’s Birthday Gift for New Orleans Aids Sufferers

Acting legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor will celebrate her 74th birthday on Monday by donating a $300,000 mobile medical unit to AIDS sufferers in New Orleans.

The 40-foot vehicle is equipped with two examination rooms and x-ray facilities and will be operated by AIDS doctors whose clinics were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina last year.

It will be launched next month.

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Martin Delaney, whose AIDS charity Project Inform helped organize Taylor‘s donation, says, “There are a lot of areas in the Gulf Coast that have never been served well by AIDS clinics.

“This provides a chance to bring treatment out to a much wider range of places.”

The Oscar-winning actress is a longtime AIDS campaigner. She helped to establish the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985 and created the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.

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