Walking for a Cure

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA– On October 23, 2016, hundreds of thousands of participants walked the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS during the 32nd AIDS WALK.asdsd

Walkers gathered early in the morning at Grand Park and listened to the opening introductions on the front lawn of City Hall. Some of the speakers who addressed the crowd before the walk included Mayor Eric Garcetti and abc7 news anchor Ellen Leyva.

Junior Cindy Nguyen commented on the event, “I think it’s nice that many people came out to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles to walk a 10k to raise awareness and fundraise for AIDS. I had an amazing time with BPHS Key Club and our members, as we heard speeches from many inspirational people who were volunteering for the same cause.”

Since the founding of the foundation in 1985, walkers have raised more than $84 million in funds for APLA Health. This year alone, AIDS Walk 2016 was able to raise more than $2 million.

APLA Health Chief Executive Officer Craig E. Thompson said, “The funds raised through AIDS Walk allow us to provide the most critically needed services for people living with HIV and AIDS, such as housing support, health care, and groceries from our countywide food pantry network. They also ensure we can deliver quality medical, dental, and mental health care—as well as HIV testing, STD screening, and HIV prevention tools such as PrEP—to thousands of low-income individuals every year. This combination of comprehensive care for all and support services for those living with HIV will help us end the epidemic.”asdfew

Some of the major sponsors that donated to the cause or helped fund the event included Gilead, Quest Diagnostics, abc7, Paul Hastings, Toyota, and Macy’s.

Every year the 10k route changes, showcasing different areas of Downtown Los Angeles. This year a majority of it looped around Little Tokyo, ending back at City Hall.

Everyone who participated had a joyful mood and were all extremely supportive of one another. Chanting along, walkers moved through the 10k with ease, knowing they were showing their support for a charitythat was fighting against such widespread epidemic.

Mayor Eric Garcetti thanked the walkers for their part in ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. “When we walk, we show who we are,” he said. “We believe that an AIDS-free generation is within our reach. Each step you take saves a life and we thank you.”

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