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Local man recognized for work promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in Yavapai County
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Prescott resident Donald “Bud” Sadler was recognized as one of POZ magazines 100 Unsung Heroes for his work at Northland Cares to help promote HIV/AIDS education and awareness.
Jennifer Morton/Courtesy photo
Prescott resident Donald “Bud” Sadler was recognized as one of POZ magazines 100 Unsung Heroes for his work at Northland Cares to help promote HIV/AIDS education and awareness.
Tamara Sone
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - A national magazine has recognized a local man for his dedication to promoting HIV/AIDS education and awareness in Yavapai County.

Donald "Bud" Sadler was named one of POZ magazines "100 Unsung Heroes" for 2013.

"I am extremely honored and truly humbled for being recognized for my service by my peers in such a big way," Sadler said. "But, it is God who deserves any honor that is given to me. I rely on him every single day of my life to lead me in everything I do."

POZ magazine is an online and print publication dedicated to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The magazine offers "daily news, treatment updates, personal profiles, investigative features, videos, blogs and an extensive online social network that includes POZ Personals, community, and a private, peer-to-peer mentoring program."

"This is the fourth year we have created a POZ 100 list, but the first time that the list has been made up entirely of HIV-positive individuals," POZ managing editor Jennifer Morton said. "We felt it was important to recognize the contributions of everyday heroes in the fight against HIV/AIDS. They are the true warriors in this battle and they are an inspiration to everyone in the community."

Sadler has been HIV positive since 1994. He is married with nine children and 14 grand children.

Sadler works at Northland Cares, 3112 Clearwater Dr., as an IT and facilities manager. In addition to manning the center's IT programs and facilities, Sadler facilitates a men's support group, administers HIV tests, and promotes HIV education and awareness.

Sadler's boss, Tricia Goffena-Beyer, nominated him for the honors.

"He's the perfect person to nominate," Goffena-Beyer said. "Bud has been here a really long time. The contributions that he's made to Northland Cares and HIV in general, he's passionate about people getting tested and about people knowing the facts, it's just time he's been recognized."

According to the center's website, Northland Cares' mission is "to improve the quality of life for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through care and education in the communities we serve."

With offices in Prescott, Payson, Sedona and the Verde Valley, the center offers a variety of needs such as medical care, testing, education, counseling, housing opportunities and peer support groups for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The center serves 181 clients. Twenty percent of the center's clients are women with men making up the other 80 percent.

"It seems to me that over the years it has become increasingly more and more difficult to navigate through all of the available healthcare and support services out there for HIV positive people," Sadler said. "That is a big part of what Northland Cares does for men and women in Northern Arizona."

In addition to Sadler, two other Arizona residents made the magazine's list - Vera Bowlby with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation out of Tucson, and Isadore Boni, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

To see a complete list of the "POZ 100: Celebrating Unsung Heroes", check out the magazine's website at For more information on programs and services offered at Northland Cares, visit or call 928-771-0023.

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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Article comment by: Lou Monter

The prevention for AIDS is here TODAY.

All that is required is to UNDERSTAND what AIDS is. After 40 years of high level brain washing this is not easy. So if you can devote a few hours to non-judgmental information gathering you can prevent AIDS.

“Because it has been surrounded from day one with so much emotion, so much fear, so much psychology, so much drama, very few people are capable of looking at AIDS logically.” Mark Conlan, Note FEAR is being used to kill you. Fear not. AIDS is not that difficult to solve if approached rationally.

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: Santos Jenny

i never believe all these post i have been seeing, i was tested HIV positive, i contacted Dr. Oraede, he gave me his temple form to fill, i filled it, he told me sent me a message through mail after reading it tears of joy came out from my eyes, through the mail i know that i will be cured, i did all he asked me to do, after all has been done i went it went for test i was tested HIV negative, i am very excited, thank you Dr. Oraede, you are the best of all. ...

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: The Rev

Thank you for being Bud. May all your efforts be successful and free from difficulty.

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: Jen ...

Great article. And a brave man. Thank you for your commitment to change and to helping! Congratulations to you!

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: AIDS No More

Can't understand the reason for research if one keeps going back to the same lifestyle that caused this illness?

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: Lisa Anders

Thanks for being such an inspiration, Bud! All of your hard work in the community is so appreciated. Well deserved recognition!

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Kristy McKune

From the health care side of things there is a lot of information that a lot of individuals are completely ignorant about - do the research before you make the comments!
As far as this honor, it is well deserved for helping the people without the education! Way to go Bud - keep up the great work - your dedication is appreciated!

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Steve McCrosky

Way to go, Bud!

The recognition for all your hard work is very well deserved.

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Happy Daze

The education for AIDS is simple: no needles nor unnatural intimacy. Maybe our higher power is trying to tell us something that we keep ignoring.

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: @ Mr. Preach

LOL, you keep doing what god says, well see how far that gets ya.

Me, I can think for myself.

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: Robert Resendes

Congratulations Bud!!

A well-deserved award and recognition to a man of endless charity and service to others!


Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: @Mr Preach

Just wanted to say that you don't know how this person was infected. Please don't assume anything, for anyone infected.
It would be more helpful to direct your energies like he has chosen. <3

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: J J

Congratulations Bud!

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: Karen Dumoch

As a person who has known and worked with Bud for decades on a myriad of events and issues, I am very heartened to see him be recognized. It is impossible to list or describe the endless ways in which he has been a truly invaluable asset to our community. Not just the HIV community, but the community at large. The recognition is much deserved!

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: Jeri Smith-Fornara

Bud Sadler is an exceptional, truly deserving person who sets a serving example for all of us.

I have known Bud, his wife, and family since they first came to Prescott. A day has not passed without Bud's reaching out to help others, although sometimes being physically
stressed. God is very much a part of his daily life A truly kind and gentle man. Thanks to
Tricia for nominating Bud for this award.

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: Mr. Preach

The spread of Aids could be slowed way down if people would wait for marriage, between a man and a woman, the way that God designed us to be! This is what they call "prevention".

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