Shadyside dentist Larry Leahy will be honored for his service to the HIV/AIDS community at the April 26 annual benefit for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force.
The PATF will award Dr. Leahy this year’s Kerry Stoner Award, named for a PATF founder and its first executive director, to recognize his work as “the first dentist in southwestern Pennsylvania to knowingly see HIV-positive patients” and for his support to the PATF for more than 25 years.
The award will be presented at the benefit, from 6 to 10 p.m. at J Verno Studios, 3030 Jane St., South Side. For reservations, go to http://www.patf.org/annual-benefit-admission.
Also planned as part of the Kerry Stoner Award recognition, city Councilman Dan Gilman will present Dr. Leahy with a proclamation during the City Council meeting at 10 a.m. April 25.
The PATF news release announcing the award said, “Over the course of his career, Dr. Leahy has seen many individuals living with HIV from all walks of life, despite the fact he initially received criticism from other patients and community members. When HIV-positive patients were no longer able to work and unable to pay for medical care due to HIV/AIDS, especially common in the early years, Dr. Leahy worked with assistance programs or simply provided his services without charge.”
A 1985 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Leahy was a member of the PATF board in 2000-07 and was president in 2003-07.