AIDS walk

Dateline: Mon 08 Oct 2007

My friend Donald Wells, state director of the National Association of Social Workers, died of AIDS in 1995. He was young, in his 40s, and left behind two sons and a widow, and many friends and colleagues.

Although there have been significant medical advances in treating and fighting the disease since then, it still remains a plague on us. You can be part of the solution by participating in next Sunday's AIDS walk in Downtown Indy.

Here is some info from Rebecca Berfanger, who is the online marketing coordinator for the event:

"The Indiana AIDS Walk & Ride will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The ride starts at 1:45 p.m. and walk starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at University Park near the War Memorial (same location as last year). The walk will go through downtown and along part of the Canal Walk.

"The event is sponsored by the Indiana AIDS Fund to raise money for

Hoosiers who live around the state who are impacted by HIV/AIDS and

the agencies that serve them. These agencies provide their clients

with direct care, financial assistance, housing, prevention,

medications and more.

"All of the money raised from this event is filtered back to the

community through the Indiana AIDS Fund's Gregory R. Powers Direct

Emergency Financial Assistance (DEFA) program, which provides

essential needs out of reach for persons with AIDS, such as food,

clothing, rent, utilities and medications.

"This is the 17th year for the 5K AIDS Walk and the 4th year for the

10K bicycle ride. In 2006, over 1,000 people participated, raising a

total of $180,000.

"This year's event includes a health fair, food vendors, and

entertainment from Pride of Indy Marching Band, Indianapolis Men's

Chorus, HIV Choir, Brenda Williams, and Holly Petree. Through Being

Cool, a local rock cover band, will perform for walkers at the finish

line.

Please visit the AIDS Walk on the Web at www.indianaaidswalk.org or on

Myspace at www.myspace.com/iafspotlight."

My son Andrew did this walk shortly after Don died, with his then-girlfriend Helena Campbell, when both were students at Brebeuf. I am glad the walk has continiued and grown.

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