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84-Year-Old Man Heads to Africa to Fight AIDS

84-Year-Old Man Heads to Africa to Fight AIDS


An 84-year-old man is taking a break from retirement to head to the African nation of Botswana as a member of the Peace Corps, with the goal of helping fight HIV and AIDS.

James Gronseth, from Portland, Ore., is heading to Botswana Thursday with his decades of work in hospital administration, as well as experience as an ESL tutor, according to KATU News.

He said he was inspired by President John F. Kennedy's call to action in 1960 to join the Corps, but he got married that year, and his wife did not want to go abroad with him.

“Let’s enjoy life,” he said in the report. “You only go around once so I decided to do it.”

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