AIDS walk to generate awareness

By Alyssa Davies
October 8, 2009

The AIDS walk in Philadelphia held every year is a way to promote awareness and support for over 30,000 people in the Delaware Valley that live with HIV/AIDS.

The walk will be held on Oct. 18 and all are invited to either walk, run or donate money.

To make things competitive they’ve allowed people to create teams.

According to the AIDS Fund organization, the teams can consist of five or more people and they can represent companies, schools, organizations, communities or just a group of friends.

Since its founding, AIDS Fund has been committed to producing events and gathering volunteers to generate funds.

By coming together the organization believes that it can increase public awareness and prove that each valued volunteer can make a difference.

According to AIDS Fund, since 1981 over 600,000 Americans have died of AIDS.

“Thats a lot of people! I never really gave any thought about it but more people than we know live with AIDS,” Jenna Corrado, sophomore psychology major, said.

The walk time usually takes three to four hours so participants should dress accordingly. Complimentary water will be provided.

About half of the 1.2 million people with HIV in the U.S. are living without receiving any medical care. By coming together, a difference can be made and those who need help can receive the proper care.

Alyssa Davies

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