HIV/AIDS affects or infects over 15,000 people in the state of Arizona. HIV has become a chronic disease, one that can be managed, which means most people are not dying of AIDS. However, there are still a lot of difficulties associated with being HIV positive. The prescriptions alone can be expensive and the side effects can be very hard on the body, making simple daily tasks more difficult.
What can our community do to help? The 2014 AIDS Walk Arizona Walk & 5K Run is just around the corner and is a great way to show your support. All the money raised locally is spent locally; it’s distributed equally to 17 valley-wide member agencies that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or that assist those living with the disease. Programs include education, safe-sex practices, testing, medical, food, housing, legal, and youth empowerment. Some of these programs depend on the funds raised to survive.
The fundraising goal for the 2014 event is $500,000. You can help by registering here as a part of the ADHS team or donating to our team. This year the Phoenix AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run on Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 9am. Whether you run, walk, donate, or simply support the ADHS team, thank you for all you do.
MONDAY UPDATE: As of October 27th, the Phoenix AIDS Walk raised $308,780.92. Our ADHS team goal was $500.00 and we exceeded our goal raising a total of $580.00. Our top team member who raised the most money was our mascot “Chewy” raising a total of $160.00.