The Seattle AIDS Walk & Picnic on Saturday, September 29 will bring together over 1,000 people to raise funds for Lifelong, an organization that provides vital services for people that are affected by HIV.
Founded in 1986, the Seattle AIDS Walk has raised over $10 million.
Although the HIV epidemic is behind us, the past few weeks have been a troubling reminder that people living with HIV and other chronic illnesses are still vulnerable to the whims of our political climate.
“We were especially dismayed to learn that, during his time as a private practice lawyer, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defended a company accused of denying HIV-positive inmates effective, life-saving medications,” Development Director Sage Fitzpatrick. This news, paired with his lack of support for affordable healthcare for all Americans, causes great concern.
35 years ago, Lifelong was built on the community of people that came together to support people with HIV. Today, Lifelong is still caring for people with HIV. The difference is how far we have come – as a small community in Seattle, but also as a nation. We won’t let HIV become an epidemic again.
We as an organization have continued to build on our clients’ needs and continuously tailor our programs to better meet those needs. In the State of Washington, we have programs to help people with the costs of their HIV medication, and also with medication to prevent HIV. As a nation, we have improved access to insurance, which has helped people with HIV have better access to care. All of these advances were hard fought, and we can’t afford to lose this momentum.
HIV still remains an urgent public health and social justice crisis.
The Seattle AIDS Walk & Picnic is more crucial than ever, as it is a place to come together as a community and show that Seattle is a united group that stands up against HIV stigma, discrimination, and ignorance.
Event information is available online.