Kelly RutherfordExclusive: 'Gossip Girl' actress Kelly Rutherford opens up about World Aids Day as a guest blogger for PopEater to speak about her involvement with (RED) and its commitment toward the attainable goal of ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015.

While I have been fortunate enough to have had many successes in my life and with my career, the accomplishment I am most proud of is being a mother to my two young children. That is why I am so heartbroken when I see the statistics of women and children dying of AIDS in Africa, dying from a disease that is preventable and treatable.

I first became involved with the organization (RED) in 2009 through Bugaboo, a (RED) partner that contributes 1% of its proceeds from all their products to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria-- the world's leading financer of programs to fight these three diseases. I learned then that (RED) -- created in 2006 to generate funding to support the Global Fund's AIDS programs in Africa -- focuses much of its efforts on the health of women and children because they are disproportionately affected by this disease. Over 14 million children have been orphaned by AIDS in Africa, and even more shockingly, more than 1,000 children under the age of 15 are infected with HIV daily.