Jack Mackenroth's Calendar for the Cure

By: Michael Matson

Thirty years into the AIDS crisis and there's still no sign of a cure. While many have shifted hope towards developing a vaccine, designer/athlete/model Jack Mackenroth remains focused on the endgame — releasing “Calendar for the Cure," a fifteen-month visual timekeeper with 100% of the proceeds going to amfAR

Through photography, “Calendar for the Cure” shows that a person living with HIV can be in top physical form, healthy and sexy. Mackenroth's life is also one that has unfolded in front of us for the past few years. We watched him drop out of season four of Project Runway for health reasons only to bounce back and win gold medals in international swimming competitions. He is like the energizer bunny of HIV—in a more comely package.

“I have amassed such an amazing collection of images that I wanted to put out a calendar that will help to combat the silence and stigma associated with being HIV-positive,” says Mackenroth. “If I can raise money for HIV/AIDS research, it’s even better.”

Featuring images by Rick Day, Thomas Synnamon, Adam Bouska and more, the 8.5 x 11” calendar is available to order online by clicking here.

Read Jack's letter to his younger self by clicking here.