Longtime SASG support group leader helped care for those who often had no one else

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Gretchen DeRoche

Gretchen DeRoche became a part of the gay community when her son came out in the 70s. In the 80s, when his friends began getting sick, she started to do more as she thought “everyone should have someone.” This led to her work with SASG (the organization started in 1984 as the Seattle AIDS Support Group), where she was a group facilitator for many years…remembering this period of her life as the most meaningful. DeRoche says “I always did it my way. I said I would always take care of someone who didn’t have anyone to take care of them.”

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