anonymous student

Thank you for helping me to choose to live when I thought I couldn't (and when I sometimes still think I can't).


Hey Scott, So I basically just saw you talk for the 2nd time like 3 hours ago and you were just as amazing as the first time. So I was talking with Lisa and Rabbi as you were leaving, and I was too scared to tell you then, but you saved my life the first [...]


Hi Scott! After catching up with you, I went home to my roommate who kept asking about the talk. Once I started talking about it and you, she got so excited and interested and wanted to know every detail you said. She then googled you, watched your TED talk from last year and kept asking [...]


Hey Scott!! I do not know if you remember me, but a few years back we met at a retreat for the American Red Cross camp. I met you with my best friend named Kelsey. I miss you so much and I want another copy of your book "If I Grow Up." I cannot find [...]


Dear Scott, Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting you and hearing you speak for the second time. As a senior in high school I was deeply touched by your words, and to be quite honest it was more so than the first time I heard you two years ago as a sophomore. Although my mom [...]

Jeri Newman, Chair, Religious School Committee

The children seemed to make a connection to you, your tone, your mannerisms and especially your openness and warmth. The result...a lobby filled with parents waiting for their children to leave - but the kids would not go. They ALL stayed to keep talking with you. It was an amazing sight to see. Education at [...]

Dianne Hawkins

Dear Scott: I am writing to thank you for sharing your story with us at LaFollette High School in Madison, Wisconsin. I was the sign language interpreter for the deaf students. Once again, HIV has a "face." I pray I never forget or take for granted this horrible disease, whether it's affecting someone close to [...]

Susan Giordano, Program Coordinator

Dear Scott: I hope when you receive this letter you will find yourself in the best of health and spirit. It was a privilege to bring you in to speak in front of our medical school students. The response was outstanding; both students and professors alike raved about your talk. Your upbeat and positive message [...]

Central Synagogue 9th Graders

Dear Scott: Our class wanted to thank you for coming to share your story with us. We appreciated how you did not dance around the tough issues and brought HIV close to us. Your bravery and strength really inspired us. You dedicate every day to helping make life better for you and for others. Instead [...]


Dear Scott, I was going through a box at my parents' house and I came across the first poem I ever wrote. It was when I first heard you speak. You touched my life when I was going through a very difficult time commonly known as puberty. I'm thankful for the advice you had given [...]