Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday was honored for her work helping those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The former first lady and secretary of state accepted the first founders award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation at its annual event in New York City.

“[W]e still have so far to go,” Clinton said about eradicating the disease. “There are so many challenges in front of us.”

She added: “I thank you, but I know there's more for us to do. Humans may discriminate, but viruses don't.”

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The event, which raised $3.45 million, was attended by Billy Joel, Alec Baldwin, Lisa Marie Presley and Courtley Love and included a performance by Heart. Today anchor Matt Lauer hosted the event.

Speaking to the AP, John said: “I've always been a big Hilary fan. I hope she's the next American president. I hope she runs. She's a great human rights campaigner for people of color, for people of sexual orientation. She's right up there amongst the leading people in the world. And I admire her greatly. And we just want to say thank you for helping us. She's made our fight easier by being such a staunch supporter of [the fight against] AIDS and people's human rights.”