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I know a lot of people out there think that AIDS is now just a chronic illness easily managed with meds. It's not. Yes, advances in research have produced medications that are keeping people alive and well, but it's not easy and it's not fun. It would be better to eradicate this disease all together, but until that time, let's band together to support those with HIV/AIDS - especially those without access to the life-saving meds that can keep the disease at bay. None of us wants to lose another family member or friend to AIDS.
On October 1, 2016 September 26, I'll be walking with the Season of Concern Team to raise funds in support of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago - which in turn supports Season of Concern. By supporting my walk you are helping Season of Concern and the AIDS Foundation to support folks living with HIV/AIDS. Your donation to the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago allows people affected by HIV/AIDS to live with dignity and purpose. Your support will help the AIDS Foundation and it's community partners continue their important work in the city of Chicago and across the metro area. Season of Concern (SOC) is one of those partners.
SOC supports people in the Chicago theater community who are afflicted with AIDS-related illnesses. SOC also assists those affected by other catastrophic illness and make grants to Chicago-area charities serving those living with HIV/AIDS.
By supporting my walk, you are helping both of these agencies support those living with HIV/AIDS. So, you make a gift and I will take a stroll along Lake Michigan on a beautiful fall day with a thousand friends. Sound like a good deal?
See below for some facts and figures about HIV/AIDS in Chicagoland and then sponsor me in the walk.
There is no cure yet - HIV is still a serious public health issue for Chicago and the world.
- 44% of HIV-positive youth under 29 don’t know their HIV status.
- 25,500 people are living with HIV.
- There are about 1,000 new HIV cases diagnosed each year.
- Chicago’s HIV rate is three times the national average.
In the United States…
- More than 1.2 million people are living with HIV.
- One in seven people living with HIV don’t know their HIV status.
- 50,000 people acquire HIV per year.
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