Michael Gresdo, advocate for hemophiliacs

April 19, 1993

Michael C. Gresdo, vice president of the Maryland chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation since 1990, who worked as a direct mail sales representative in Baltimore, died of AIDS Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 32.

Mr. Gresdo, a hemophiliac who tested positive in 1984 for the HIV virus after contracting it from blood-clotting medicine, was an advocate for those suffering from the disease.

"He tried hard," said Debbie Collins, Mr. Gresdo's sister. "He tried really hard to change things."

Last year, the National Hemophilia Foundation honored Mr. Gresdo during for outstanding chapter leadership.

Mr. Gresdo had to quit his job as a direct-mail sales representative last year for health reasons, and to make himself eligible for state and federal health benefits.

He spoke against proposed federal cuts in Medicaid funding in XTC rallies and at the White House. He also joined those arguing for a congressional investigation into the failure of government, the Red Cross and drug companies to protect hemophiliacs against tainted medicines.

A 1979 graduate of Chesapeake High School in Baltimore County, Mr. Gresdo was a direct sales representative for seven years at Keary Advertising Co. He worked for Distribution Postal Consultants from February 1990 until his health insurance expired.

Services were to be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Connelly Funeral Home, 300 Mace Avenue, Essex.

Mr. Gresdo is survived by his parents, Charles and Rita Gresdo of Turkey Point; a sister, Debbie Collins of Jacksonville; a niece, Elyce Collins; and a nephew, Jason Collins, both of Jacksonville.

The family suggested memorial donations to Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, Md. 21204, or the Hemophilia/HIV Peer Association, P.O. Box 931, Nevada City, Calif. 95959.

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