Because We Are Strong

INTERVIEW: D-REK & The Angel Warriors

September 14, 2021 Kristine Hoestermann / Guest: D-Rek Canas Season 2 Episode 70
Because We Are Strong
INTERVIEW: D-REK & The Angel Warriors
Show Notes

Meet D-Rek
Derek Canas (AKA D-REK), born a sweet, cute, seemingly healthy baby, had everything going for him until the age of 3 months, when he was surrounded by many doctors talking about transposition of the great arteries, pacemakers, and blood transfusions. His parents now had, what they called a “battery operated son”. This was a scary scenario for his parents with so many touch-and-go moments. 16-years later another illness that Derek had been living with started to show symptoms: HIV. This only brought on a more terrifying roller-coaster ride. With courage, unconditional love and sheer determination, Derek was not going to let any one of his health issues get in the way of his dream of becoming a DJ! Spinning music is the passion of his soul. Today, taking his fight against HIV to new hope, He can be found on WEGO health as a patient leader. A survivor of both open heart surgery and HIV, his doctors refer to him as "The Terminator." And that he is!! He is also the creator of the #EndTheStigma Campaign and D-REK's Angels and Warriors. On the weekends he turns into the crazy DJ – living his dreams!!

Connect with D-Rek
Twitter:DJDREK84
Facebook: EndTheStigma912
Youtube : EndTheStigma912
Instagram : Dreksangelsandwarriors

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