Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 92,000 individuals lost to AIDS – were recently on view at Alfred State College, as part of World AIDS Day – Dec. 1, 2010. Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation – the international caretaker of The Quilt -- works to preserve, care for, and use The AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, advance social justice, and inspire action. The Quilt began in San Francisco more than 20 years ago with a single three-by-six-foot panel; today this epic tapestry of hope and love includes more than 47,000 panels. These panels have come from every state in the nation and have been created by friends, lovers, and family members in an attempt to transform loss and heartbreak into hope and healing. Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, places of worship, community centers, businesses, corporations, and a variety of other institutional settings. To date, more than 19 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of displays throughout the world.