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CNN Heroes: Roger Montoya

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After losing his partner and friends to AIDS, HIV-positive Roger Montoya left behind his life as a professional dancer in NYC. Returning home to New Mexico, he felt like he was coming home to die. He found healing by immersing himself in painting, a lifelong passion. Now, in an area of New Mexico hard-hit by the opioid crisis, Montoya and his partner Salvador Ruiz-Esquivel are ensuring young people can find a different path and positive ways to express themselves through his nonprofit arts center, Moving Arts Española. Montoya is in the running for the 2019 CNN Hero of the Year.