Over the weekend, the 30th annual AIDS Walk San Francisco, a 10k fundraising walk to fight the epidemic will take place with money raised benefitting Project Inform, Project Open Hand, a pilot program on HIV and aging at San Francisco General Hospital Ward 86, and more than 40 Bay Area AIDS service organizations. It's a huge deal and one where you find lots of heroes.
The very first AIDS Walk was back on July 28, 1985 in Los Angeles where $673,000.was raised. The next year was the first AIDS Walk in New York City and over 4,500 walkers raised $710,000. It was 1987 when I got involved with the first event in San Francisco. Now there are AIDS Walks in cities large and small, all raising funds for HIV/AIDS organizations in their area.
If I look for examples of people making a difference, here it is! Volunteers doing all sorts of things, the walkers of course, and all of the sponsors and donors. I've mentioned this year-after-year, because it's important, and I'll continue talking about it until there's a cure. If you want to walk, you can still participate in the San Francisco event this Sunday morning. If you would like to donate, I'd be thrilled to have you as a sponsor! You can sponsor me HERE and also click the links to find out how to walk. If you are in another area, find out about AIDS Walk near where you live and get involved!
I'm sometimes amazed that folks are less and less aware of AIDS than when these walks first began. We need to share information. Let's stay involved. Let's end any suffering and any stigma. Let's keep walking.