The Seattle AIDS Walk will return for its 27th year on September 28, 2013. This family-friendly event at Volunteer Park honors lives touched by HIV/AIDS and builds momentum towards an AIDS-free future. Proceeds from the AIDS Walk benefit HIV/AIDS prevention and care.
“It is such an exciting time in the HIV/AIDS community. Increased access to health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act as well as recent medical advancements are game changers in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Randall Russell, Lifelong AIDS Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer. “But we’re not there yet. Poverty, healthcare costs, and stigma are all barriers to accessing treatment. Help us connect people to care and prevent future HIV infections. Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you on September 28!”
The Seattle AIDS Walk draws a crowd of 3,500 participants, each with their own personal motivation for walking. Some foresee the potential for raising their children in an AIDS-free generation. Others are aware that one in five people living with HIV don’t know their status. Still others realize the importance of expanding access to medication and treatment for people living with compromised health.
The reasons for walking are as diverse as the participants who attend. Regardless of age or personal experience, thousands of lives are touched by the disease. All are united in their determination to make sure that we never forget the past as we look forward to a future without HIV/AIDS.
Pat Migliore, for example, has participated in all 26 Seattle AIDS Walks starting with the first walk in 1986 when it was held at Seattle Center. Like so many others who walk in memory of lost loved ones, Pat walks to honor the memory of her husband, Bob, and other friends of hers who passed away from the disease.
“We’re living longer,” she said. “But I also know that, those of us that are still around want to have a decent quality of life, and that’s not going to happen unless we have safe places to live, unless we have the food and nutrition we need, unless we have support groups to go to.”
- 8:30 a.m. Registration Opens
- 9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
- 10:00 a.m. Run/Walk Starts
- 10:30 a.m. Post Walk Events
The 5k course starts at Volunteer Park and heads south along 12th Ave to E Union Street. There will be a rest stop at the midpoint in front of the Lifelong Thrift Store and Administration (Annex) Building, where C89.5 will be playing music and keeping energy levels high. The route then turns back to Volunteer Park along Broadway.
Following the AIDS Walk, there will be a post-walk picnic at Volunteer Park. The celebration includes food and drinks, a photo booth and KEXP DJ Riz Rollins spinning on-stage. There will also be free HIV testing and a number of community service organizations on-site.
The following Allied Organizations are partnering with Lifelong for this year’s AIDS Walk: Bailey-Boushay House, Seattle Area Support Groups, Gay City Health Project, and Rosehedge/Multifaith Works.
The Seattle AIDS Walk is presented by AHF Pharmacy. Additional corporate sponsors include Safeway, Amtrak, Delta Air Lines, GEICO, Walgreens, Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, and Virginia Mason Medical Center. Media partners include C89.5, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, Clear Channel Outdoor, KEXP, KING-5, Seattle Gay News, The Seattle Lesbian, Seattle Met, The Stranger, Titan 360, and Yelp.
Register as an individual, join an existing team or create a team of your own at www.SeattleAIDSWalk.org. The event is free to walkers (with a suggested donation of $25). The fee to participate as a runner is $35.