When Chris Caputo was diagnosed with HIV five years ago, he “cried it out.” Then, he sought out the help and support he needed. “I thought the world was over,” he said.
Before his diagnosis, Caputo, founder of Metro Media Works, a web design, software development and internet marketing firm — now known as Agile Element — donated his time and talents to helping non-profit organizations. He currently sits on the board of the Pride Center and the technology committee of Smart Ride and is one of its top fundraisers. He also one of this year’s celebrity participants in the Poverello Center’s Lip Sync Battle for the AIDS Walk.
“As an organization, we do a lot of pro bono work for the various HIV/AIDS organizations. That work includes running the online fundraising platform. People don’t realize there’s a lot of awesome technology [here in South Florida].”
But having the disease himself put that work into a whole new perspective for Caputo.
“That level of involvement changes when you take on a different status,” Caputo said. “It’s really driven me to give back more to the community. The [reduction of the] stigma with HIV/AIDS is getting better every year. I know that with the right care and support, anyone can thrive.”