Did you know that the AIDS Walk is just around the corner?
Well, actually it’s around the Art Museum.
Each year thousands gather to make a difference in the lives of people afflicted with HIV and AIDS.
This Sunday at 8 a.m., AIDS Walk Philly will begin its opening exercises.
This annual event has done wonders to support AIDS research and ease the suffering of the many people in and around our area who are afflicted with this tragic disease.
Since 1987 the AIDS fund has raised over $11 million for AIDS-related causes.
Each year a growing number of Americans become infected and each year the people at the AIDS Fund work to alleviate the costs of medications.
They also provide services that patients would otherwise be without.
It is estimated that over 30,000 people in the Philadelphia area alone are infected with HIV and AIDS. It is also estimated that as many as 42 million people worldwide have the disease.
As the numbers keep rising so does the need for support from the surrounding community.
In conjunction with AIDS Fund Philly, citizens can educate others about the disease and prevent future generations from suffering from the devastation caused by it.
There are many reasons to walk.
Not only will you be getting a great work out on this 8.4 mile route, but you will meet local Philadelphians, those affected directly by the AIDS epidemic and those just willing to lend a hand, and two feet for that matter, to the cause.
If that’s not enough incentive, there is free entertainment and prizes throughout the course of the run. But the biggest reward of all is knowing that you have made an impact in the fight against AIDS.
If you’d like to be a part of AIDS Walk Philly 2003, you can register online at www.aidswalkphilly.org.
And you don’t have to walk alone.
Many organizations and residence halls on campus have formed their own teams.
Check out whether yours is involved. If its transportation you’re worried about, have no fear.
Temple provides a shuttling service that picks people up every 15 minutes outside of the SAC.
Don’t miss this opportunity to Walk, Stroll, or Run the AIDS Walk.
Milli Protheroe can be reached at email@example.com