In the mid 1980s, Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder’s work inspired me to offer legal services to patients with HIV/AIDS. Tami and I are proud of the support we have given to the University of Utah’s Dr. Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder Permanent Collection. The story of Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder is an important part of Utah’s history. In the 1980s when HIV first came on the scene, patients who contracted the virus had a life expectancy of one year. Kristen and Maggie often spent their weekends holding the hands of patients who were dying. They were the only option for help for hundreds of patients; Snyder and Ries have kept their stories in scrapbooks and notebooks through the years.
Award winning director Jenny Mackenzie along with Jared Ruga have produced an incredible film telling the story of Dr. Ries, and Dr. Snyder called Quiet Heros. The film has been chosen as an official selection for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Check out the Official trailer below.