In My Dream to Trample AIDS, Carrel aims to bring his message to even more people in an attempt to stomp out AIDS. Carrel's presentations, filled with personal stories, bring the horrors of the disease to life, providing a powerful incentive to remain healthy. He describes not only the physical aspects of the disease and how to prevent it but the psychological and financial impact the devastating diagnosis can bring. Examples include a brilliant friend who suffers AIDS-related dementia and a young man who learns he has AIDS a day before his 21st birthday. Carrel also shares a message of hope, from the puppy that saves his life to excerpts from letters written by people who have heard his life-changing presentations. His heartfelt story exemplifies the significance of life, family, friends and faith.
Author Don Carrel grew up in the Kansas City area. He earned a degree in business management at Kansas State University. He has two sons, Chris and Matt. He managed an insurance and investment agency, owned a gourmet gift shop, a cafe and a toy store. He has been with his partner, Chris, since 1997. Over a three-year period, his AIDS Walk team, Don's Teens Trample AIDS, raised more than $100,000 to support AIDS Walk Kansas City. Carrel's dedication earned him the Ribbon of Hope award presented by the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City in 2005.
Creative Director & Founder, therepubliq.com
Director, Marketing/Promotions & Co-Founder, The OUTlander Project
Producer, OutCast Austin
Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com and co-founder and Director, Marketing & Promotions of The OUTlander Project. He is also a producer and engineer for OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin.
Additionally, Chase runs PlanetChase, LLC, a consulting firm providing a variety of business development services including web development, marketing, branding, technology to small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs; as well as meeting planning services for the financial services industry.
On his spare time, Chase has volunteered with local organizations including AIDS Services of Austin, the Octopus Club, the Austin Gay Basketball League and Volleyball Austin. In 2007, he was appointed by then-Austin Mayor Will Wynn to serve on the Austin Area Comprehensive HIV Planning Council where he served as the chairperson of the Community Access & Nominations committee.